New Prime Minister takes office in Antigua
An emotional Gaston Browne today took the oath of office to become the fourth and youngest ever prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda at age 47.
He was sworn into office by Governor General Dame Louise Lake-Tack less than 24 hours after his Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ALP) won a landslide victory in Thursday’s general election.
Attorney Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin was also sworn into office as the ALP returned to the corridors of power after suffering defeat a decade ago to the United Progressive Party of former prime minister Baldwin Spencer.
According to the preliminary results issued by the Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission, the ALP won 14 of the 17 seats with Spencer, his one-time deputy Willmoth S. Daniel and newcomer Joanne M. Massiah holding on to the three remaining seats for the UPP.
Before a significant number of supporters and relatives, including his wife Maria Bird, Browne, a businessman and former banker, took the three oaths of office swearing to uphold the laws of the country.
An emotional Brown, who cried soon after being sworn into office, said that the composition of his new administration would be known soon, but added there would be some changes to existing ministerial portfolios.