Snap Elections in Antigua and Barbuda Could Lead to Sweeping Economic Changes

A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Sept. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Johnny Jno-Baptiste).
A man surveys the wreckage on his property after the passing of Hurricane Irma, St. John’s, Antigua and Barbuda, Sept. 6, 2017 (AP photo by Johnny Jno-Baptiste).
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On March 21, the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda held snap elections less than a month after they had been called by Prime Minister Gaston Browne, and 18 months before the constitution required them. Browne’s Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party routed the opposition, paving the way for the prime minister to continue with an ambitious reform program that aims to turn Antigua and Barbuda into an “economic powerhouse in the Caribbean.” The election also overturned a centuries-old communal land ownership system on Barbuda, opening the door to private ownership and development on an island that was devastated by Hurricane […]

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