The country has been a while without an Ombudsman; someone who investigates complaints and mediates fair settlements, especially between aggrieved parties and an institution or organization. Under the Laws of Belize, the Ombudsman should be appointed by the Governor General based on recommendations on the House and National Assembly. Well, at Friday's meeting, the PM announced the new Ombudsman.

PRIME MINISTER DEAN BARROW:

A number of applications were received. Mr Lionel Arzu appears to be the most suitable candidate for appointment as Ombudsman. And whereas Mr Arzu possesses the relevent qualifications, and fulfills the requirements contained in the Ombudsman Act, and whereas Mr Arzu is 45 years of age and falls within the age limit prescribed for the post in the advertisement, now therefore be it resolved that this Honourable House having perused the Curriculum Vitae of Mr Lionel Atzu, and being satisfied that he is a fit and proper person to be appointed as Ombudsman, recommend to the Governor General that Mr Lionel Arzu be appointed as Ombudsman for a period of three years, with effect from 1st January, 2013.

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