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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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31.

Belizeanborn    

He never said my country was better than US. As a Belizean, I know my country has its issues but so does this country. Since President Obama has been elected, the racists in government has been on the attack and has done much to bring down its own government including manufacturing a shutdown to stop passage of a law passed in 2010. As leader of the free world, US cannot get pass its racist history. The other countries look to the US for leadership but sees flawed government fighting within it self to rule over an elected body.

281 days ago
32.

NOT ELMO    

Telling us what's wrong with our Government................WHAT'S WRONG WITH USA GOVT IS CUBAN-CANADIAN TED CRUZ THAT CAME TO USA TO MAKE USA LOSE 1,OOO'S OF JOBS PLUS OVER $24 BILLION DOLLAR$ IN HIS GOVT SHUTDOWN OF 16 DAYS..................DEPORT TED CRUZ

281 days ago
33.

pj    

If the US goes down so does the whole world. We aint worried we are going keep buying **** we dont need.

281 days ago
34.

windsor    

I am Canadian. We have a parliamentary system. We are supposedly laid back. Well if you could watch our government in action you would see it is an embarrassment. The members of opposing parties routinely shout at those while speaking, call out names and innuendo and hammer on their desks to
drown out the speaker. And notice I said IF you could watch. Currently you cannot. The serving Prime Minister prorogued parliament which means the government isn't in session. He can do this with the stroke of a pen. My provincial (Ontario) legislature which serves the same role as the State government is also currently prorogued.......since the first of the year. The former Premiere did this to resign office, allow his party to pick a new Premiere and avoid a two billion dollar scandal. We have the new Premiere since the spring but don't have a sitting provincial government. But we do have free health care!

281 days ago
35.

Proud Belizean and American    

The PM did not insult the US or say that the Belize was better- TMZ baited him and then put a headline story to create this controversy. Both countries are beautiful and many Belizeans live and serve in the US military and are a productive part of Belize
Please check out these videos to get an idea how beautiful Belize is..
http://vimeo.com/72774384

http://youtu.be/hN5-H4dLArk

281 days ago
36.

Takeapic    

Anyone with basic common sense can see that the guy was joking! You all are all a bunch of idiots! I am a US citizen who was raised in Belize. I can honestly say the education system is almost as good as if not, better than that of the US!

281 days ago
37.

tiffany     

Its funny that Dean Barrow is talking. What is he doing for the country of Belize he only knows them when he wants their vote.

281 days ago
38.

tmz addict    

on the LOOSE and RETARDED

281 days ago
39.

Donita    

Shame on you Harvey Levin. Its obvious you are a republican (maybe even tea partier) but for you to say on national tv that if our country was parliament, congress could have thrown the president out and we would not have had a "shutdown" I will no longer watch TMZ. I know I won't make a difference but when I get thru blasting you on social media for that comment, I think a lot of others will follow. You should have kept such a bigot comment to yourself Harvey. to the dummy from Canada, raising the ceiling debt does not mean more expenses, it simply means paying the bills. Know what you are talking about before you start commenting.

281 days ago
40.

Donita    

Shame on you Harvey Levin. Its obvious you are a republican (maybe even tea partier) but for you to say on national tv that if our country was parliament, congress could have thrown the president out and we would not have had a "shutdown" I will no longer watch TMZ. I know I won't make a difference but when I get thru blasting you on social media for that comment, I think a lot of others will follow. You should have kept such a bigot comment to yourself Harvey. to the dummy from Canada, raising the ceiling debt does not mean more expenses, it simply means paying the bills. Know what you are talking about before you start commenting.

281 days ago
41.

Marz    

Oh, I'm sorry, America. Our country is so piss-ass poor but yet your retirees come to flock over here because they can't afford the cost of living in their own beautiful America & yet they still bitch. We may be piss-ass poor but we are definitely ****ing happy and not being fed propaganda like your own to get your people involved in war raping oil-rich countries of their resources and claiming that they're fighting for democracy! I have no interest to go to the great America, & I don't give a **** about what my jackass of a PM wants to say. His opinion reflects his own thoughts and not the thoughts of 300,000+ people.

280 days ago
42.

dontgivadaam    

Belize's P.M. should not give the U.S. advise. The U.S. has been living as 'The Great Babylon' for years so with this comes its own destruction—— for this I say to the P.M. of Belize concentrate in redeeming yourself to the country and people of 300,000+ to equally distribute your nations wealth, so that when Babylon is destroyed, you all can live a blessed and equal lives among yourselves— remember "a forgotten and small nation shall rise above all to splendor its brilliance throughout the world".

280 days ago
43.

bigdawg    

what are he talkin bout ,the ppls over there live bad ,if the government don't know you ,or close enough to your ppls ,you ain't getting nothing,over there they worship them fool more than God it self ,it a damn shame ,you have to do this to get ahead in life .

280 days ago
44.

RJ Marshall    

First, the Head of State of Belize is Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The PM--whose party wins a majority--serves as head of her government. Not really surprising the PM of a nation that's a member of the British Commonwealth would say the parliamentary system is better (and what the hell else was he supposed to say? He would be heard at home and abroad; the only other option was smile, keep his mouth shut, and keep walking. :-)
Our Founding Fathers set up the US government with hopes of avoiding the party system. In the end, the political process morphed us into a two party system anyway. But, the US's form of Federalism can't be compared, apple to apple, to the parliamentary system. Right now is the perfect example. One party controls the executive branch, and also controls one of the two houses. But, under the Constitution and the current will of the voters, we don't have a "majority" party; neither party can run the government alone.

280 days ago
45.

DMV     

Yes it is true we are a small population. Our people are not prejudice this is one country where all culture is accepted. The Chinese, Spanish, Creoles and Indians marry each others, hang out together. If Americans felt that they were not welcome, they wouldn't flock our country. We might be a small country but our people can actually buy and owned our lands, build our houses according to our likes. We don't live by our government dictating our daily lives. You guys say America is land of the free, visit Belize then you will know what that statement really mean. Yes we are considered third world but our people has morals and values. So for all the negative about my little country, learn your facts before making your silly comments.

279 days ago
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