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National Independence Party (NIP)

The National Independence Party of Belize was a merger of two Belizean political parties that effectively served as the chief opposition party in Belize for practically all of its existence. It was formed in July 1958 and dissolved as part of the formation of the new United Democratic Party in 1973.

The NIP was founded on 1 July 1958 by a merger of the National Party (NP) and the Honduran Inndependence Party (HIP). Herbert Fuller was elected Leader and James Staines deputy.

Throughout the 1960s, the NIP was the major opposition party.

In 1973, the NAP amalgamated with the People’s Development Movement (PDM) and the Liberal Party (LP) to form the United Democratic Party (UDP).

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Founded 1 July 1958
Dissolved 27 September 1973
Active years 1958-1973
Party Colour Red
Ideology Conservatism
Status Defunct
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POLITICAL LEADERS
Political Leader Entered Office Left Office
Herbert FULLER 1958 1961
Philip GOLDSON 1961 1973
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