People's United Party

Belizean political party

The People's United Party (PUP) is one of two major political parties in Belize. It is currently the governing party of Belize after success in the 2020 Belizean general election. It won a majority of 26 seats out of 31 in the Belizean House of Representatives. It is a centre-left Christian democratic party. The party leader is Johnny Briceño, who is the Prime Minister of Belize.

People's United Party
LeaderJohnny Briceño
ChairmanHenry Charles Usher
Founded29 September 1950
HeadquartersIndependence Hall,
3 Queen Street,
Belize City
NewspaperThe Belize Times
Youth wingBelize Youth Movement
Women's wingUnited Women's Group
IdeologyChristian democracy[1][2][3]
Social democracy[3][4]

Political positionCentre[1] to centre-left[6][7][8]
Continental affiliationCOPPPAL
International affiliationSocialist International (consultative)
ColorsBlue and white
Seats in the Senate
6 / 13
Seats in the House
25 / 31
Council control
9 / 9
65 / 67
Party flag

Despite gains in Belize City in the 2015 election, most notably Kareem Musa’s upset win over Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley in the Caribbean Shores constituency, it remained at 11 seats overall thanks to losses in the Cayo and Corozal Districts. The PUP ran in 2020 with Johnny Briceño as it's Leader. Francis Fonseca, who led the party during the past two general elections, resigned from leadership soon after the party’s 2015 loss.


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