Charles III: Antigua & Barbuda Plans Vote On King’s Role As Head Of State

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Antigua and Barbuda will vote on whether to become a republic following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s prime minister has said.

Gaston Browne said a referendum could take place within three years – but emphasised that the move was “not an act of hostility”.

He made the comments after confirming Charles III as King and head of state of the Caribbean nation.

Mr Browne said he intended to introduce the referendum if re-elected next year.

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While he expects to win that election – his party holds 15 of the 17 seats in the House of Representatives – he accepted that there hadn’t been any major demand to hold a vote among citizens.

“I think most people haven’t even bothered to think about it,” Mr Browne told ITV News.

Earlier, Australia ruled out a similar vote within the next four years.

The Queen’s death has reignited Australia’s monarchy debate, and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who was elected in May, is a republican.

But he ruled out a poll in his first term and told Sky News that “the bigger questions about our constitution are not ones for this current period”.

“This is a period in which we are sharing the grief that so many Australians are feeling at the moment, showing our deep respect and admiration for the contribution of the Queen to Australia,” Mr Albanese said.

In addition to the UK, King Charles serves as head of state in 14 countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

But many countries are reconsidering the role of monarchy, with Mr Browne saying becoming a republic would mark the “final step to complete the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation”.

Last year, Barbados swore in its first president after the Queen was removed as head of state by the country’s parliament.

Dame Sandra Mason, 72, the island’s governor-general since 2018, was named as president-elect of the nation following a vote in parliament.

And in Jamaica, the ruling Labour Party says its goal is to hold a referendum on becoming a republic.

SOURCE: BBC News. Headline photo Gaston Browne (Stock image)

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12 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Gaston Browne, if you come across Dr. Ernest Hilaire please tell him that Marigot Road needs urgent repairs, if Rayneau cannot do the road please give it to another contractor. We cannot take it anymore, tell him 5 years is not 50n years.

    • my god do it brother and send them the bill the high court or CCJ will made them pay heafy
      — its just not a plague in your region and worst off 90-% of tourist come up your road … jah! who are these fools we have in this country

  2. Watch the play Charles old already he take up mantle late in life, remember she was just 26 when she became so called queen so In order for them to appeal to the public and Commonwealth Charles going to give William the throne he is not going to give it to his sister because she is not popular and she doesn’t have the Windsor name no more only title. So as to appeal to a different generation William will get it. Remember the Queen only appeal to all the old farts them in her age bracelet that’s still around.,young people of today don’t really care and are more inclined to go along with the crap. So if William or Harry gets in there the next generation will be more receptive and it will just be a English ting only because every Commonwealth trying to find a way out……the old gyal gone it’s a slippery slope now.

    • @Parent. Fully supported. We need our nurses hence, the authorities need to replace the administration in the Nursing Department at SALCC.

  3. Everybody running they are tired of the foolishness….how long they think they can keep the rule over so many ??? Once Australia drop them and they will it’s a wrap they finish because it’s going to be a domino effect. After that whosoever want to continue bawling like a bunch of jackasses good for them. Australia is who everyone watching big time as soon as they drop them party done.

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