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Antigua-Barbuda parliament dissolved; elections due by July 25
Published on April 28, 2014 Email To Friend    Print Version

By Caribbean News Now contributor

ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda parliament was automatically dissolved on Saturday pursuant to the constitution, five years after the first sitting of the current legislature. General elections are now due no later than July 25.

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
In a radio and television broadcast on Friday, Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer reiterated that he had been unwilling to consider dissolving parliament or fixing a date for elections until the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal ruled on two electoral cases brought by the opposition Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP).

The court is expected to rule on Monday on the ABLP's challenges to voter rolls and district boundaries.

"The court's extraordinary and inexplicable delay will prevent any implementation of the proposed boundaries alterations approved by Parliament for this upcoming elections," Spencer said on Friday.

He said he will now await the judgments before saying anything more on the matter.

ABLP leader Gaston Browne said last week that he had no regrets about bringing the cases before the appeals court, insisting that he had acted in the best interest of the nation.

The last general elections in 2009 were narrowly won by Spencer's United Progressive Party, gaining 9 of the 17 seats in parliament, with the remainder going to the ABLP.
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