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 Antigua and Barbuda
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Area: 442 sq km (170 sq miles)
Population: 92,436 ( 2015, est)
Capital City: St. John's
Independence: 1 Nov
Last Election: 12 Jun 2014
Next Election: Jun 2019
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  ABLP Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) 14/17 seats
  UPP United Progressive Party (UPP) 3/17 seats
 Key Country Facts
Government Type Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and a Commonwealth realm | Learn more »
Independence 1 November 1981 (from the UK) | Learn more »
Constitution 1 November 1981 | Download constitution »
Legal system Based on English common law | Learn more »
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal
Executive Branch

Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Dr. Rodney WILLIAMS (since 14 August 2014) | Learn more »

Head of Government: Prime Minister Gaston BROWNE (since 13 June 2014) | Learn more »

Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the governor general on the advice of the Prime Minister | Learn more »

Elections: the monarchy is hereditary; Governor-General chosen by the monarch on the advice of the Prime Minister; following legislative elections, the leader of the majority party or the leader of the majority coalition usually appointed prime minister by the governor general | Learn more »

Legislative Branch

Bicameral Parliament consists of the Senate (17 seats; members appointed by the governor general) and the House of Representatives (17 seats; members are elected by direct popular vote to serve five-year terms) | Learn more »

Elections: House of Representatives - last held on 12 June 2014 (next to be held in 2019) | Learn more »

Election results (2014): ABLP - 14 seats; UPP - 3 seats | Learn more »

Judicial Branch Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court consisting of a High Court of Justice and a Court of Appeal (based in Saint Lucia; two judges of the Supreme Court are residents of the islands and preside over the Court of Summary Jurisdiction); Magistrates' Courts; member of the Caribbean Court of Justice | Learn more »
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ABS Television Television Government-owned station run by Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS)
ABS Radio Radio Government-owned station run by Antigua and Barbuda Broadcasting Service (ABS)
Crusade Radio Radio Commercial station owned by United Progressive Party
Observer Radio 91.1 FM Radio Commercial station
Caribbean Radio Lighthouse Radio Commercial station
ZDK Liberty Radio Radio Commercial station
Caribbean News Agency News Agency Public-private agency in English-speaking Caribbean
Antigua Observer Press Daily newspaper
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New Governor-General being sworn In 2014
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