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Back Without the Birds: Antigua & Barbuda Gets A New Government

The island of Antigua; photo by Daniel Wendell, used under a CC license.

The island of Antigua. Photo by Daniel Wendell, used under a CC license.

On Thursday, the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) won the country's general election by 14 seats to three, defeating the ruling United Progressive Party, which was attempting to win a third consecutive term in office. ABLP leader Gaston Browne was yesterday sworn in as Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. It is the first time that the party will form the government without being led by a member of the controversial Bird family.

 

Lycie Jollygirlsailor Riley voiced her enthusiasm about the win on Facebook:

It's not Black Friday in Antigua & Barbuda it's Red Friday!!!! Ok tired now from all the jamming and celebrating gonna crash mind at ease ready to rebuild ‪#‎ABLP‬

Once the results broke, discussion about the elections continued online, especially on Twitter:

Some users were thrilled about the results of the polls…

…while others still needed to be convinced that the ABLP's victory was a positive development for the country:

The ABLP campaigned on key issues affecting the island nation: the economy, escalating crime, public health facilities, and education – and netizens were eager to see the party make good on its promises:

The Twitter feed for the Antigua and Barbuda elections is here.

The image used in this post is by Daniel Wendell, used under an Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license. Visit Daniel Wendell's flickr photostream.

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