Dean Lindo

Said Musa Belize Fort George (Belize House constituency)
Dean Lindo
Member of the Belize House of Representatives for Fort George
In office
14 December 1984 – 4 September 1989
Preceded bySaid Musa
Succeeded bySaid Musa
Member of the Belize House of Representatives for Fort George
In office
30 October 1974 – 21 November 1979
Preceded byAlexander Hunter
Succeeded bySaid Musa
Personal details
Dean Russel Lindo

(1932-09-04)4 September 1932
Belize City, British Honduras
(now Belize)
Died17 September 2018(2018-09-17) (aged 86)
Belize City, Belize
Political partyUnited Democratic Party
Alma materNew York University
Durham University

Dean Russel Lindo (born 4 September 1932)[1] was a Belizean attorney and politician. He was one of the principal founders of the United Democratic Party in 1973 and served as its first leader from 1974 to 1979.[2]


Lindo was a graduate of New York University and Durham University in England. He was a member of the Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn and practiced law in Belize beginning in 1964.[1]

Lindo first ran for the Belize House in the Belize City-based Fort George constituency as a member of the National Independence Party in 1969, but lost to the People's United Party incumbent, Alexander Hunter. Lindo was elected from Fort George in 1974, defeating PUP nominee Said Musa by 46 votes.

In 1979, Lindo lost his seat to Musa by a margin of 71 votes and was succeeded as UDP leader by Theodore Aranda.

Lindo regained the Fort George seat in 1984, defeating Musa by a margin of 57 votes, but lost again to Musa in the 1989 election by a margin of 449 votes. After a stint as the Belizean ambassador to the United States[3], he subsequently left active politics.[4] In his later years he maintained a law office in Belize City and acted as a consultant to the UDP.


Lindo is the maternal uncle of current UDP leader and Prime Minister Dean Barrow.[5][3]


Lindo died at his Belize City home on 17 September 2018. A funeral service was held at St. John's Cathedral in Belize City on 24 September.[3]


  1. ^ a b Belize Law: List of Belize Attorneys At Law, Belize.com. (accessed 19 June 2015)
  2. ^ "The United Democratic Party at 40" Archived August 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine, United Democratic Party. (accessed 18 March 2015)
  3. ^ a b c "Dean Russel Lindo is Laid to Rest", Great Belize Television, 24 September 2018. (accessed 6 October 2018)
  4. ^ Adele Ramos, "Musa and Ralph step down - PUP D-day March 30!" Archived 2010-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, Amandala Online, February 15, 2008.
  5. ^ "Welcome to the party: 2003 and 2015", Amandala, 19 June 2015. (accessed 19 June 2015)