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Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party Retains Government After Closely Fought General Election

by Karen Rollins Jan 19, 2023

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The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), led by Gaston Browne, has won a closely fought General Election in the twin-island republic.

According to results released by the Electoral Commission, the ABLP claimed nine out of 17 seats while the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) won six seats. 

Independent candidate Asot Michael won the St Peter seat. The Barbuda People’s Movement retained its seat on the sister isle of Barbuda.

The result means the ABLP lost six seats compared to the 2018 election and now has a majority of just one.

Mr Browne will be sworn into office today. The Prime Minister easily won his St John’s City West seat with 1,295 votes compared to the UPP’s Alister Thomas who received 621 votes.

The ABLP’s election victory means Mr Browne has become the first government leader in Antigua to win three consecutive general elections.

Speaking to his supporters after the result was predicted, Mr Browne said he did not see the slim victory as a disappointment, but more as an opportunity to refresh his government and bring in new talent. 

He added: “Let us come together as a united nation that will fight together in order to advance this country…let us prioritise the advancement of this country, recognising the challenges that we are faced with, and let us not be daunted by those challenges.”

Sources: Antigua Newsroom and Nation News.