Manuel Esquivel

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The Right Honourable
Sir Manuel Esquivel
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2nd Prime Minister of Belize
In office
December 17, 1984 – September 7, 1989
Deputy Curl Thompson
Preceded by George Cadle Price
Succeeded by George Cadle Price
4th Prime Minister of Belize
In office
July 3, 1993 – August 30, 1998
Deputy Dean Barrow
Preceded by George Cadle Price
Succeeded by Said Musa
Personal details
Born (1940-05-02) May 2, 1940 (age 74)
Belize City, Belize
Nationality Belizean
Political party United Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Kathy Esquivel

Sir Manuel Esquivel, KCMG, PC (born May 2, 1940) is a Belizean politician. As leader of the United Democratic Party, he served as Prime Minister from 1984 to 1989, and then again from 1993 to 1998.


Esquivel was born in Belize City when it was still the colony's capital. He attended St John's College and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics at Loyola University New Orleans; he subsequently pursued postgraduate studies in physics at Bristol University, England.

He was appointed to the Privy Council of the United Kingdom by Queen Elizabeth II in 1986. This life-time appointment confers the title "Right Honourable". He also holds an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Loyola University.

After the UDP won the February 2008 election, Esquivel was appointed by Prime Minister Dean Barrow as senior advisor to government with the rank of minister on February 12, 2008.[1]

Esquivel is married to wife Kathleen (Kathy), with three children. Daughter Laura has followed in her father's footsteps as City Councillor under the UDP since March 2006.

He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in the 2010 New Year Honours.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Prime Minister Dean Barrow announces new Cabinet", The San Pedro Sun, Vol. 18, No. 7, February 14, 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 59289. p. 41. 31 December 2009.
Political offices
Preceded by
George Cadle Price
Prime Minister of Belize
Succeeded by
George Cadle Price
Preceded by
George Cadle Price
Prime Minister of Belize
Succeeded by
Said Musa