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Prime Minister of Belize

Our Government's BETTER Than Yours

10/18/2013 6:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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READY FOR SOME INTERNATIONAL SMACK TALK??? The Prime Minister of Belize was last night ... telling us what's wrong with our government ... on his way out of an L.A. restaurant.

Dean Barrow was leaving Madeo last night, flanked by personal security, when he was asked if he had any advice for the U.S. government to avoid another shutdown.

His response -- "You have to switch to the parliamentary system."

Boom. Smack talk!

FYI -- Belize operates on a parliamentary system (a form of government with no president, in which the leader of the majority party is the leader of the country).

Now, Belize has its problems, too -- according to the various media reports the country has a Caa1 credit rating -- which essentially translates to "piss poor."

But we hear the snorkeling is spectacular ...

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7:47 AM PT -- Turns out, Dean Barrow has a serious celebrity connection ... 'cause his son is the rapper Shyne!

According to reports, Barrow and his son are estranged ... but after Shyne was convicted of attempted murder, assault, and reckless endangerment several years ago, his dad petitioned the governor of NY for a pardon. But the request was denied, and Shyne was deported back to Belize.

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1.

amyd    

Yeah, no thanks .

317 days ago
2.

Canada    

Credit ratings are now meaningless. Leahman Bros had an A rating 6 days before collapse and Iceland had a AAA six months before it collapsed. With the debt load in the US, the credit rating should be C or lower. The problem is that the government, instead of getting its spending under control, simply raises the limit on the debt it's allowed to have. Imagine if you ran your household like that. It's insane and irresponsible. The US is the most in debt country on the planet and while Belize may not be in great shape, every other country in the world can at least say their not in as big a financial mess as the US.

317 days ago
3.

osodemented    

Chalk up another fail-spelling for the "writers" at TMZ!
"...snorkling is spectacular!"
No, it's actually snorkeling. Even my spell-checker program knows that!
DERP! 8-P

317 days ago
4.

Riri23    

I cannot Belize he would say such a thing!

317 days ago
5.

Truth    

CMON... BELIZE IS A LIL DINKY COUNTRY WITH 335K PEOPLE SPREAD AMONGST A FEW TOWNS WITH LESS THAN 20K POPULATION EACH... NOT EXACTLY GONNA BUY BELIZE BONDS ANYTIME SOON. NO 1 CURR!!!!!!!!!! #TRUTH!!

317 days ago
6.

BB not bb    

He runs a little patch of jungle with some parrots in banana trees and he thinks he knows how to run the USA. I heard that people in Belize are very prejudiced against Americans who try to live there. It is nice how they come to our country, have a fancy dinner, and start talking their smack.

317 days ago
7.

Salim    

our government brings all the boys to the yard.

317 days ago
8.

belize    

big up prime minister of belize and his lovely wife looking good contiune doing a good job.... we love and support you

317 days ago
9.

Your S&M Girlfriend    

Listen up Mr Prime Minister and you too #2 commenter Canada. The USA might seem quite divided to you and maybe it is, but I guarantee you if you come at us you'll be very surprised. Worry about your own because there's plenty to cause you worry.

317 days ago
10.

Scout    

It's a beautiful vacation spot and the SNORKELING is wonderful.

Please learn to spell, TMZ!

317 days ago
11.

Barrow    

Belize Passport scandal --

edition.channel5belize.com/archives/91322


http://edition.channel5belize.com/archives/91451

317 days ago
12.

Chris    

The parliamentary system doesn't have a President, we have a Prime Minister, who is the leader of the ruling party....the way it's written by TMZ implies no head of state. That's not true.

In a Parliamentary system an election will happen if a bill goes to the House of Commons and doesn't pass. This can happen when a government doesn't have a majority rule. The budget must be passed annually.

The government can be formed with a ruling party that has a minority of the vote...as long as they have more than anyone else. That's because of multiple parties. In our House Of Commons there is Conservatives, Liberals, the NDP (New Democratic Party), and the Bloc Quebecois, plus one Green Party member. At the moment the Conservatives have a majority government and can pretty much pass whatever they want......until the next election, which happens at a minimum every 5 years, but can be called anytime if the government is feeling good about their chances of winning.

317 days ago
13.

Vick    

Dean barrow is the crookedest leader of any country in the world. He has sold his people's patrimony to the devil.

317 days ago
14.

roshane    

its not good to generalize about the entire country,
and to those who say belize is js a little jungle, yea we may be small, bt we still have a "LIFE" And a great one, We still breathe fresh air and we are definitely not government puppets.
government, in belize, mexico, china and in the US for that matter is crap all over, but never judge its people!

317 days ago
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Just My Opinion    

Oh, GOOD! Then we'll ALL come invade your country. See how well you can manage taking care of all of us, like we have all of you that come here to the US to live here. Oh, and don't forget the ones that come here illegally.. more commonly known as free loaders.

317 days ago
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