Antigua And Barbuda May Vote On King Charles Remaining Head Of State

Antigua and Barbuda could vote to depose the British monarch as head of state and become a republic, its prime minister said on Saturday after the Caribbean nation confirmed King Charles III as its new ruler following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“This is a matter that needs to be put to a referendum for the people to decide,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne said. says ITV. “It does not represent any form of disrespect towards the monarch. It is not an act of hostility or a difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy.”

Browne, who is up for re-election next year, said he would introduce the referendum in his next term.

“It’s a final step to complete the circle of independence to become a truly sovereign nation,” he said, adding that a vote will take place “probably within the next three years.”

The British monarch remains the head of state of 14 countries – including Antigua and Barbuda, which gained independence in 1981 – outside the UK. They are called the Commonwealth realms, a remnant of the British Empire, where the head of the monarchy plays a largely symbolic role.

Commonwealth realms are distinct from other members of the Commonwealth of Nations, which is made up of dozens of countries that were colonized by the British Empire and abandoned monarchy in favor of republican government.

Seventeen countries left the British monarchy during Elizabeth’s 70-year reign. The last nation to do so was Barbados in 2021.

2022-09-11 20:45:50

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