Wednesday 28th March, 2018 – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States has congratulated Prime Minister Gaston Browne and the Antigua/Barbuda Labour Party on its “decisive election victory and return to Government.”
In a statement OECS Director General, Dr. Didacus Jules in offering congratulations said the vote of confidence in the ABLP led by Prime Minister Browne was a vote for optimism and continuity in the direction the nation was heading in the face of an increasingly uncertain global environment.
Jules added that the sub-regional organizations he heads commends Prime Minister Browne and the ABLP for their steady hand in guiding Antigua and Barbuda through the defining regional challenges of our time including the recent devastating hurricanes to tepid economic growth.
He said the tremendous social and economic progress made by the ABLP under Prime Minister Browne is to be commended and demonstrates the vision and resilience of the Government’s manifesto and the universal principals it holds dear – inclusiveness, good governance, accountability and transparency.
He pledged the OECS’ commitment to continue working tirelessly, side by side with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to help the nation fulfil its development objectives in new and innovate ways that can be achieved as a regional body, which includes working to harness global expertise and resources to ensure Antigua and Barbuda remains resilient in the face of future extreme weather events.
One week ago today, Antiguans and Barbudans cast their votes in what was described as a snap election, called at least one and a half years before its constitutionally due date.
The outcome resulted in Prime Minister Gaston Browne leading his ABLP to a massive victory, winning 15 of 17 seats. The Opposition United Progressive Party won one seat, All Saints East and Saint Luke and the Barbuda People’s Movement, winning the Barbuda seat.
Today, Prime Minister Gaston Browne convened the first Cabinet Meeting of his second term in office. Including the prime minister as chairman, the Cabinet totals 14 members. While there are familiar faces, many are first timers. They are:
Maria Bird-Browne, Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal and Minister of State within the Ministry of Legal Affairs, Public Safety and Labour, Dean Jonas, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Barbuda Affairs, Daryl Matthew, Minister of Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts and Lennox Weston, Minister of Works and Minister of State in the Ministry of Finance.