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

Written by Matthew Hunte On 14 June 2014 @ 19:58 pm | No Comments

In Antigua and Barbuda, Caribbean, Citizen Media, Elections, English, Governance, Politics, Weblog

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].

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[1] Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antigua_Labour_Party

[2] United Progressive Party: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Progressive_Party_(Antigua_and_Barbuda)

[3] Gaston Browne: http://www.caribbeanelections.com/blog/?tag=gaston-browne

[4] Bird family: http://anbanet.com/antigua-birds.html

[5] voiced her enthusiasm about the win on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lycie.riley/posts/316087671880344

[6] ‪#‎ABLP‬: https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/ablp?source=feed_text&story_id=316087671880344

[7] June 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/hamletmark/statuses/477337088149299200

[8] #Change: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Change&src=hash

[9] #Future: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Future&src=hash

[10] June 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/JaimeNewellPT/statuses/477384976473030656

[11] June 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/Cancer91Diva/statuses/477346498372304897

[12] June 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/Optimus_Primus_/statuses/477282742208430080

[13] key issues: http://www.caribbeanelections.com/blog/?p=4071#more-4071

[14] June 13, 2014: https://twitter.com/Sithvere/statuses/477344820319375360

[15] here: https://twitter.com/search?q=%23antigua%20%23elections&src=typd

[16] Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

[17] Daniel Wendell's flickr photostream: https://www.flickr.com/photos/danwendell/

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