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Juan Antonio Briceño
(17 July 1960 - )

Juan Antonio Briceño
Current Leader of the Ppposition and former Deputy Prime Minister, Belize

Juan Antonio Briceño, commonly known as "Johnny" is a Belizean politician and current Leader of the Opposition. He has been the leader of the People's United Party (PUP), as well as the Leader of the Opposition (2008 - 2011). Previously, he was Deputy Prime Minister from 1998 to 2007.

Early life and education

Briceño was born in Orange Walk Town on 17 July 1960.


He was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment, Commerce and Industry in 1998 after the PUP returned to power in the 1998 election. In August 2004 he led a group of ministers, known as the G-7 alliance, who made a number of reform demands, including the dismissal of Ralph Fonseca from the Cabinet.

When Prime Minister Said Musa failed to meet these demands, the group resigned; however, Musa subsequently agreed to all of the demands except for the dismissal of Fonseca and the G-7 ministers remained in the Cabinet. Briceño was later one of the ministers who opposed Musa's proposal to settle the country's Universal Health Services debt; as a result of this, Musa attempted to demote Briceño from his position as Deputy Prime Minister, but Briceño refused to accept the lesser posts in the Cabinet that he was offered and instead resigned from the Cabinet on 5 June 2007.

At a national convention of the PUP in July 2007, Briceño was re-elected as one of the party's deputy leaders. In the February 2008 general election, in which the PUP was defeated, Briceño was re-elected in his constituency of Orange Walk Central; he was one of only six successful PUP candidates.

On 30 March 2008, Briceño was elected as the leader of the PUP at a party convention in Belmopan, succeeding Musa. He defeated Francis Fonseca, who was considered to be the candidate preferred by the party establishment, receiving 330 votes against 310 for Fonseca.

On 8 February 2016, Briceño again became Leader of the Opposition in Belize.

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Juan Antonio Briceño
Occupation Politician
Date of Birth 17 July 1960
Place of Birth Orange Walk Town, Belize
Notable Accomplishments
Leader of the Opposition of Belize: April 2008 - 18 October 2011; 8 February 2016 - present
Deputy Prime Minister" 1998 - 2007
Country profile Belize
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