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New Belizean leader calls for more foreign investment

Belizean Prime Minister-designate Manuel Esquivel, at a press conference Saturday night, pledged to open up his country to foreign investors and called for closer economic ties with the United States.

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His conservative United Democratic Party (UDP) won a landslide victory in elections here on Friday, the first since Belize became independent from Britain in 1981. Taking 21 of 28 seats in the Belize legislature, the UDP inflicted a crushing defeat on the People's United Party of Prime Minister George Price, who had dominated Belizean political life for more than 30 years.