Omar Figueroa sworn in as Minister of State

On Monday, the newly-elected Member of the House of Representatives, Hon Omar Figueroa was sworn in as a Minister of State, by His Excellency Sir Colville Young, the Governor General of Belize, at Belize House in Belmopan.

Hon. Figueroa was elected at the by-election held on 5th January, 2015, in the Cayo North Electoral Division, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Hon. Joseph Mahmud.

Hon. Figueroa scored 66.4% of the votes cast, beating his PUP rival, Richard Harrison, by a majority of two to one.

We spoke to the Honorable member after the swearing in today.

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Emanuel Pech – Plus News

“We’ve heard a lot about Mr Figueroa the politician, but what we haven’t really heard about is Mr Figueroa as the doctor.  Tell me how does your degree help you on your new field, as a new Minister of State under the Prime Minister?”

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vlcsnap-2015-01-13-09h29m15s169Hon. Omar Figueroa – Minister of State

“Well, in the House of Representatives you have different Belizeans that come from different walks of life.  I believe we all have a lot to contribute to the development of our country.

I have an advanced degree in Ecology and Conservation Biology, and if you look around our country, we are a country that’s nature-based.  We have nature-based tourism.  So I believe that there is a lot that in the long run I would be able to contribute towards the development of Belize,”

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Emanuel Pech

“When do you officially go into office as the new Minister of State?”

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vlcsnap-2015-01-13-09h17m13s78Hon. Omar Figueroa

“Well, I believe we signed in today.  I still have to be sworn in at the House of Representatives.  I’m not sure exactly when that date will be, but my work as Area Rep for the people of Cayo North has Started already. 

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Emanuel Pech

“What sort of work will you be doing under the Ministry of State?”

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Hon. Omar Figueroa

“We haven’t been given any specific portfolio.  I have talked with the Prime Minister, and I have expressed my hope that I was to have some time to solidify my base in Cayo North.  That is of primary importance to me, and so that is something I hope to still be able to do.”

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Hon. Figueroa, will be posted as a Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister.  His appointment becomes effective immediately.
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