The 18 members of the House of Representatives in the 1965 general elections, British Honduras (Belize) Cabinet 1965
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The 18 members of the House of Representatives in the 1965 general elections, British Honduras (Belize) Cabinet 1965

SITTING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Hons - Louis Sylvester, George Price, Albert Cattouse, The SPEAKER Sir Harrison Courtney, Madame Lizarraga, Hector Silva, David Mckoy.

STANDING FROM RIGHT TO LEFT:
Mr. Stanley Hulse , Clerk of the House, Charles Martinez, Fred Hunter, -Florencio Marin, Elito Urbina, indberg Rogers, Edwin Morey, Phillip Goldson, Allanb Arthurs, - Santiago Perdomo, Alexander Hunter, Guadalupe Pech - and Sergeant at Arms, Reginald Faber. ( 16 PUP and 2 NIP ) ( absent was the Hon Santiago Ricalde ) - - A historical Foto when the opposition had two members - ( Goldson and Morey )




THE FIRST HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. Prior to this the National Assembly was known as THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY. ( MLA )

Members of the House of Representatives, 1965
(Back Row) Reggie Faber, David McKoy. Alejandro Vernon, Harry Courtenay, Charles Martinez, San Perdomo, Unknown (Middle Row) Philip Goldson, Florencio Marin. Santiago Ricalde, Louis Sylvestre, Fred Hunter, Alexander Hunter, Hector Silva, Allan Arthurs, Elito Urbina (Front Row) Stanley Hulse, George Price, W. Harrison Courtenay, Guadalupe Pech, Lindsberg Rogers. Gwendolyn Lizarraga

THE FIRST SITTING OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES WAS AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY BUILDING IN BELMOPAN on the 9th October 1970

9th October 2020 commemorates the Semi-Centennial Anniversary of the official opening of the National Assembly Building in Belmopan. Fifty years ago, on 9th October 1970, the building was inaugurated when, for the first time, the then parliamentarians gathered in the Chambers of the building. To mark the occasion, a joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament, that is the House of Representatives and the Senate, was held. Since its opening in 1970, the ancient building has served as the venue of meetings of Parliament.

Before 1970, the work of the legislative branch of government was carried out by parliamentarians in Belize City. However, the 1961 Hattie Hurricane left Belize in devastation, and so the then Premier Hon. George Cadle Price realized that a new city inland had to be built as well as a new building for Parliament. As Premier Price indicated in one of his poems, “Nation building is a task for giants”, he did direct one of the most symbolically important, honourable and architecturally impressive buildings in our nation, the National Assembly Building. The 50-year-old building is a modern representation of an ancient Mayan temple, which is situated at the Hill of Independence Plaza in Belmopan.


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