Prime Minister Dean Barrow has won an unprecedented third consecutive term in office in yesterday’s elections that was called more almost two years early.

Results from voting in all but two of the 31 constituencies gave his United Democratic Party (UDP) 19 seats, compared to the 10 seats won by the main opposition People’s United Party (PUP) which is led by Francis Fonseca.

Addressing supporters in Belize City, the 64-year-old Barrow described the win – the first ever third consecutive term – as a “magnificent victory”.

The Election and Boundaries Department reported that 71 percent of the country’s 196,587 registered voters cast ballots in yesterday’s elections, which was monitored by a team from the Organization of American States (OAS).

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