The Hon. Dr. Said W. Musa

Former Prime Minister of Belize

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Biography

The Hon. Dr. Said W. Musa is a Belizean lawyer and politician. He served as Prime Minister of Belize from August 1998 to February 2008, becoming the first Prime Minster to be elected to a second consecutive term since the country achieved independence in 1981.

Mr. Musa studied Law at the University of Manchester in England, and subsequently qualified as a Barrister at Gray’s Inn in 1997. He returned to Belize the following year and served as Crown Counsel before going into private practice.

Mr. Musa joined the People's United Party (PUP) under George Cadle Price in the 1960s. He first ran for Parliament in 1974 in the Fort George constituency, but succeeded in winning the seat in the second election in 1979. From 1979 to 1984, Mr. Musa served as Attorney General and Minister of Economic Development. In the first years of independence, he also worked on the committee that wrote the Belizean Constitution. Mr. Musa was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Education from 1989 to 1993 and took over the leadership of the PUP in1996, leading the party to landslide electoral victories in 1998 and 2003. During his tenure as Prime Minister, Mr. Musa led Belize to significant growth.