Daily Archives: September 2, 2011


John Briceno, Opposition Party Leader

UNCLAS BELMOPAN 000188 SIPDIS SIPDIS FOR WHA/CEN – ROIS BEAL, INR/B E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PINR BH SUBJECT: BIO — BELIZE: John Briceno, Opposition Party Leader REF: BELMOPAN 0187 ¶1. John Briceno was elected to be the Opposition Party Leader at the People’s United Party (PUP) leadership convention on Sunday, March 30, 2008. Following is his biography. AKA: Johnny Briceno; or Juan Briceno Address as: Hon. John Briceno DOBP: July 17, 1960, Orange Walk Town, Belize ¶2. Education: 1996 – Participant in the International Visitor’s Program to the U.S. during the 1996 U.S. presidential primaries. 1985 – Bachelor’s Degree in […]


STRONG MS-13 PRESENCE IN WESTERN BELIZE

UNCLAS BELMOPAN 000655 SIPDIS SENSITIVE SIPDIS DEPT FOR DS/IP/WHA, DS/DSS/ITA, DS/DSS/OSAC, CA/OCS, WHA/CEN – ROIS BEAL E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: ASEC AMGT BH SUBJECT: STRONG MS-13 PRESENCE IN WESTERN BELIZE REF: (A) BELMOPAN 643; (B) BELMOPAN 609; (C) 05 BELIZE 657; (D) 06 BELIZE 579; (E) BELMOPAN 118 ¶1. (SBU) Recent reports from Belize of the Mara Salvatrucha gang (MS-13) presence in Belize (REFTELS A, B) indicated a stronger base of operations than previously known. Reports from a Confidential Source (CS) (REFTEL A) led RSO to independently determine MS-13 strength in the Cayo District of western Belize. Interviews and observation […]


CABINET RESHUFFLE OR POLITICAL PAYBACK?

UNCLAS BELMOPAN 000097 DEPT FOR WHA/CEN – CHRISTOPHER ASHE E.O. 12958: N/A TAGS: PGOV PREL PINR BH SUBJECT: CABINET RESHUFFLE OR POLITICAL PAYBACK? ¶1. Summary: Less than one week after the incumbent United Democratic Party (UDP) won a landslide victory in municipal elections, the Prime Minister (PM) has reshuffled his cabinet. These changes involve the removal of one Minister — Marcel Cardona, changed portfolios for three more, and the restructuring of two Ministries. While the move is widely seen as political payback and has raised criticism from the ousted Cardona, the overwhelming UDP majority is not likely to suffer from […]