After being sworn in as leader of the People’s United Party (PUP), John Briceno took questions from the press. He first addressed the matter of correspondent banking relations. Suggesting that Prime Minister Dean Barrow had “failed” in his trip to Washington, D.C. to get real help to address the situation, Briceno said that Belize needed to reach out to its regional brothers and sisters to address an issue that hits high and low alike.[***PUP ON BANKING INSERT***]. Speaking more generally on crime and the economy, Briceno referenced the double murder of two youths in his native Orange Walk Town on Monday and the ongoing problems in our various industries as evidence of his opponents having no concrete plan to solve Belize’s problems. [***CRIME AND ECONOMY INSERT***] On internal matters, the PUP plans to put its communication assets – Vibes Radio and the Belize Times newspaper – as well as Independence Hall, the party’s headquarters, in a trust for the benefit of the party’s supporters, after negotiations between Briceno and past party leaders Francis Fonseca and Right Honorable Said Musa.