Florencio Marin Sr.
Former Leader of the Opposition of Belize
Florencio Marin was Leader of the Opposition of Belize from December 1984 to September 1989. A veteran member of the People's United Party, Marin served as deputy prime minister under George Cadle Price as well as Leader of the Opposition.
Marin entered politics in 1965 when the country was still known as British Honduras, winning a seat in the House of Representatives representing the Corozal District. Marin served continuously in the House until 2008 when he was succeeded by his son, Florencio Julian Marin.
A longtime deputy of Price in the PUP leadership, Marin served in several government posts under Price and later Said Musa. Marin became Leader of the Opposition during the first Manuel Esquivel government after Price was unexpectedly defeated for re-election in December 1984. Price remained PUP leader during Marin's tenure as opposition leader and returned as prime minister in 1989.
After Price stepped down as PUP leader in 1996, Marin stood for election to succeed him. However, he was defeated by Musa.
After leaving office, Marin along with fellow former Belizean Rep. Jose Coye was charged with conspiracy to "misappropriate the value of 56 parcels of land in the Caribbean Shores area." However, in February 2013 the Caribbean Court of Justice threw out the case based on lack of evidence.