Gaston Browne’s ABLP re-elected

Glen Bart, MyVueNews.com

Basseterre, St. Kitts, 22nd March, 2018 (MyVueNews.com) – The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) gained a new parliamentary seat to win the 21st March General Elections 15-1-1, for the ABLP, United Progressive Party (UPP) and the Barbuda People’s Movement (BPM) respectively.

Opposition UPP’s leader Harold Lovell and Democratic National Alliance (DNA) leader Joanne Messiah both lost their parliamentary seats.

Messiah, a former UPP member, was expelled from the party after months of bitter exchanges. On leaving, she formed the DNA.

ABLP leader Gaston Browne’s gamble on early elections paid off, leaving both opposition parties to engage in major internal analysis.

The UPP, the main opposition party in the country aiming to regain control of Government that it lost in 2014, suffered at the polls, with both the leader and deputy leader losing their seats.

UPP’s Harold Lovell’s hopes of re-election were scuttled by ABLP Member of Parliament Melford Nicholas who defeated Lovell 769 votes to 616.

The ABLP, however, lost its Barbuda seat, which was won by Trevor Walker of the Barbuda People’s Movement.

Walker is quoted as saying, “I am very happy tonight. I have made history in so many ways. I have won all the boxes and that has never happened and the people have said to the administration that they are fed up.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s wife, Maria, was also elected to office, becoming the country’s youngest parliamentarian.

Also of note is the re-election of Asot Michael, the former tourism minister who was dismissed from the cabinet after he was arrested by Metropolitan Police in Britain last October.

 

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