Francis William Fonseca
Former Leader of the Opposition of Belize
Francis William Fonseca is a Belizean politician and a member of the People's United Party (PUP).
Early life and education
Francis William Fonseca was born on March 11th 1967 in Belize City to Mr. William and Molly Fonseca.
He attended St Catherine’s Elementary School and then moved on to further his education by attending St. John’s High School then St John’s Junior College. He then pursued a Bachelors Degree of Science in Economics at the University of Southwestern Louisiana which he completed in 1988. Between the years of 1989-1990 he worked as a Research Officer in the Society for the promotion of Education and Research (SPEAR). He then moved on to work in the Ministry of Economic Development as an Economist in 1990-1991.
First elected to office in 2003 as the Area Representative for Freetown in the Belize District, he served as Attorney General and Minister of Education, Culture and Labour until February 2008, when the PUP lost a general election to the United Democratic Party (UDP). Fonseca was one of six PUP representatives to retain his seat in the National Assembly in the 2008 election.
Following the election, the PUP held a convention on 30 March 2008. Fonseca was a candidate for the party leadership at this convention, and he was considered to be the candidate preferred by the party establishment, but he was defeated by Johnny Briceño, receiving 310 votes against 330 for Briceño.
Francis Fonseca is currently the leader of the People's United Party following the resignation of Johnny Briceno.