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|4th Prime Minister of Belize|
8 February 2008
|Governor General||Colville Young|
|Deputy|| Gaspar Vega (2008–2016)|
Patrick Faber (2016–present)
|Preceded by||Said Musa|
|Leader of the Opposition|
30 August 1998 –8 February 2008
|Prime Minister||Said Musa|
|Preceded by||Said Musa|
|Succeeded by||Said Musa|
|Member of the Belize House of Representatives |
for Queen's Square
14 December 1984
|Preceded by||Constituency established|
Dean Oliver Barrow
2 March 1951
Belize City, British Honduras
|Political party||United Democratic Party (1984-Incumbent)|
|Spouse(s)||Lois Young (before 2009)|
Kim Simplis (2009–present)
|Alma mater|| St Michael's College |
University of the West Indies
University of Miami
Dean Oliver Barrow (born 2 March 1951) is a Belizean politician who has been Prime Minister of Belize since 2008. He is also the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) since 1998. An attorney by trade, he served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1993 to 1998 and was Leader of the Opposition from 1998 until the UDP won the February 2008 election. Barrow started his first term as Prime Minister after victory in the 2008 election. He started his second term after the UDP again won an election on 7 March 2012. He started his third term when the UDP won again on 4 November, 2015.
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The United Democratic Party (UDP) is one of the two major political parties in Belize. It is the ruling party, having won the 2008, 2012 and 2015 general elections. A centre-right conservative party, the UDP is led by Prime Minister of Belize Dean Barrow.
Barrow, a senior counsel, is one of Belize's successful attorneys and has appeared in several high-profile cases. He began his legal work in the law firm of uncle Dean Lindo in 1973 and became a partner there in 1977. He would eventually leave to form his own law firm, Barrow and Williams (with Rodwell Williams) until he vacated office prior to the 2008 general elections, although he remains titular senior partner. Among his firm's more controversial clients is Lord Ashcroft and the businesses he is connected with, particularly the Belize Bank and at one time, Belize Telemedia Limited, formerly Belize Telecommunications Limited.
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In December 1983 Barrow entered electoral politics as a candidate for Belize City Council elections, which he won as part of a nine-man slate. Before that year's redistricting, in 1984 Barrow was preselected as the UDP candidate for Collet but after redistricting chose to contest the newly created Queen's Square constituency instead, as was his prerogative under UDP party rules. In the ensuing election Barrow handily defeated Ralph Fonseca of the People's United Party. Soon after he was appointed to the first Manuel Esquivel Cabinet as Attorney-General and Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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Barrow led the UDP to a third consecutive general election victory in November 2015, however he stated the election would be his last as party leader.
Citing health issues, Barrow said he will step down as prime minister no later than the end of 2019 and hinted he could do so earlier.A convention to name Barrow's successor as UDP party leader is tentatively scheduled for May 2019.
Barrow will also stand down from his House seat in Queen's Square at the next general election, endorsing his sister, Denise "Sister B" Barrow, to succeed him.
Barrow has four children. The oldest is rapper Jamal "Shyne" Barrow, born 8 November 1979.(Shyne was born out of wedlock; his mother is the sister of Barrow's political colleague, Michael Finnegan). His second son Anwar runs a small-scale lending institution. His daughter Deanne practises law out of her mother's (Barrow's first wife Lois Young) firm.
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Barrow attended St. Michael's College in Belize and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados (LL.B. 1973); Norman Manley Law School, Mona, Kingston, Jamaica (Certificate of Legal Education, 1975); University of Miami School of Law (LL.M., 1981); University of Miami (M.A. International Relations).
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