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Back Without the Birds: Antigua & Barbuda Gets A New Government

Categories: Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda, Citizen Media, Elections, Governance, Politics
The island of Antigua; photo by Daniel Wendell, used under a CC license.

The island of Antigua. Photo by Daniel Wendell, used under a CC license.

On Thursday, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party [1] (ABLP) won the country's general election by 14 seats to three, defeating the ruling United Progressive Party [2], which was attempting to win a third consecutive term in office. ABLP leader Gaston Browne [3] was yesterday sworn in as Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. It is the first time that the party will form the government without being led by a member of the controversial Bird family [4].


Lycie Jollygirlsailor Riley voiced her enthusiasm about the win on Facebook [5]:

It's not Black Friday in Antigua & Barbuda it's Red Friday!!!! Ok tired now from all the jamming and celebrating gonna crash mind at ease ready to rebuild ‪#‎ABLP‬ [6]

Once the results broke, discussion about the elections continued online, especially on Twitter:

Some users were thrilled about the results of the polls…

…while others still needed to be convinced that the ABLP's victory was a positive development for the country:

The ABLP campaigned on key issues [13] affecting the island nation: the economy, escalating crime, public health facilities, and education – and netizens were eager to see the party make good on its promises:

The Twitter feed for the Antigua and Barbuda elections is here [15].

The image used in this post is by Daniel Wendell, used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license [16]. Visit Daniel Wendell's flickr photostream [17].