News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Mar. 2, 2018: Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has called a snap election in the Caribbean island.
On Sunday, Browne announced that March 21st is the date for new elections in the islands. Barbuda was decimated by Hurricane Irma last September.
Browne ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party, (ABLP), won the last general election three and a half years ago.
“We have performed and that’s why we can stand here before you today and ask for your support,” he told supporters at a rally Sunday night that was dubbed “Rebuilding Together-Safer with Labor.”
Parliament was dissolved on Monday, February 26th.
In an immediate reaction, the leader of the opposition United Progressive Party, (UPP), Harold Lovell, said the government had failed to deliver on its 2014 promises and “deeply disappointing even the diehard supporters of the Labor Party.”
“Life is harder than ever after (some) four years of this wicked government,” Lovell, a former finance minister said, telling supporters that a UPP government would provide a better standard of living for all Antigua and Barbudans.