United Democratic Party (Belize)
The UDP was formed from three parties on September 27, 1973 to break the hegemony of the ruling PUP. The three parties were the National Independence Party (NIP), the People's Development Movement (PDM) and the Liberal Party , then led by Manuel Esquivel . Dean Barrow has been party chairman since 1998 .
The conservative center-right party cooperates with the US Republicans and is a member of the Caribbean Democrat Union (CDU), the regional organization of the global conservative International Democratic Union (IDU).
From 2008 to 2012, the party held 25 of 31 seats in the Belize House of Representatives and provided the head of government with Dean Barrow . UDP again won the parliamentary elections in 2012, but with a significantly smaller margin and a ratio of 17 to 14 seats in the People's United Party. Barrow could be elected prime minister for the second time. She won 19 seats in the 2015 general election . This allowed Barrow a third term.
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