Also on the agenda of Monday’s sitting of the House of Representatives was the swearing in of Dr. Omar Figueroa as the duly elected Area Representative for the Cayo North Division, following his landslide victory at the January 5th bi-elections.
An elated Omar Figueroa walked into the House of Representatives for the first time on Modday, greeted by a tumultuous applause by his supporters sitting in the galleries.
He recited his oath and was then given a chance to speak.
“I rise, Mister Speaker, today with great pride and on behalf of the people of Cayo North. As a person born and raised in San Ignacio Town within the constituency of Cayo North, it is indeed an honor and privilege to now hold this seat in parliament. I am grateful and indeed humbled by the overwhelming vote of confidence that the wonderful folks of Cayo North clearly expressed.
As the dust now settles on the by-election of January fifth, I just want to sincerely thank all those who participated, the many first time voters, the relentless campaigners who pounded the streets, the tireless team who worked sixteen hour days in the computer room, to those who knocked on doors, and those who drove to pick up voters.
Whether you wore an Omar T-shirt or whether you held a Harrison sign, whether you voted red or whether you voted blue, you made your voice heard and you made a difference. Cayo North is stronger today because of you.
To the best campaign team and volunteers that worked tirelessly, I am forever grateful.
We all have a collective responsibility to make Cayo North a better, more stronger, more vibrant constituency. I will work tirelessly to ensure that I do my part.
I want to remind you that the role of Belizeans in our democracy does not end with the vote. We must continue working together, and together with your help, and with the blessing of the Almighty Father, we begin our journey forward. Thank you.”
Omar Figueroa becomes the first parliamentarian with a doctorates degree in Marine Biology.
As previously reported, Dr. Omar Figueroa has also been sworn in as a Minister of State under the Prime Minister’s office.
We asked the Prime Minister about that post.
“[Dr. Figueroa will] assist the Prime Minister is an ‘at large’ fashion, generally to assist, and perhaps, as some people would say, ‘understudy’ the Prime Minister.”