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Theodore Aranda
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Dr. Theodore Aranda
Former Leader of the Opposition of Belize

Dr. Theodore "Ted" Aranda (born in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District) is a Belizean politician.

Early life and education

Dr. Theodore "Ted" Aranda (born in Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District, Belize. Aranda holds a Ph.D. and worked with the Belize branch of the CARE organization.

Career

In 1974 he joined the newly formed United Democratic Party and quickly rose up the ranks. In 1979 he was one of the 5 representatives elected for the UDP, representing Dangriga. He was elected leader of the UDP and leader of the opposition after UDP leader Dean Lindo lost his seat. After a stormy four year term, Aranda was either ousted from or left the UDP in 1982.

Aranda formed a short-lived Christian Democratic Party and unsuccessfully contested the 1984 general elections. He went on to join the People's United Party and won election from the Dangriga seat in 1989. Russell 'Chiste' Garcia defeated him for the seat in 1993.

Aranda formed the World Garifuna Organization, a body claiming to represent Garinagu across the world and in Belize, though the official Belize body is the National Garifuna Council. Aranda has been at odds with younger members of the Garinagu population.

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Theodore Aranda
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Occupation Politician
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Place of Birth Dangriga Town, Stann Creek District, Belize
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Notable Accomplishments
Leader of the Opposition of Belize: September 1981 - November 1982
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