Antigua wants to remove King Charles

15 Sep, 2022 - 00:09 0 Views
Antigua wants to remove King Charles King Charles III

The Herald

Saint John’s. – The prime minister of the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has promised to hold a referendum on whether to remove King Charles III as the head of state within the next three years, according to  ITV News. 

The decision to throw off the vestiges of its connection to the British monarchy and let the people vote to become a republic, he said, was not meant to  “represent any form of disrespect to the monarch. This is not an act of hostility, or any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy.”

Despite gaining independence from the United Kingdom in 1981, the nation remains part of the Commonwealth, a 56-member organisation of mostly former British territories. King Charles III was confirmed last weekend as the King of Antigua and Barbuda.

Browne said this would mark “a final step to complete the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation.”

Queen Elizabeth’s youngest son, Edward, and his wife Sophie visited the island in April. According to the Antigua Newsroom, Browne spoke with the royals about paying reparations to the former colony, and made it clear that the nation would consider cutting ties with the monarchy once Charles became king.

There is precedent for such a step.  In November 2021, Barbados became the first country to drop the queen as its head of state in some 30 years. No other country has done so since Mauritius severed its ties with the crown in 1992. –BET.com

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