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Antigua And Barbuda Plan To Remove King Charles III As Head Of State

Barbuda And Antigua Plan To Remove King Charles III As Head Of State

Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister has stated that the Caribbean nation will hold a referendum within three years to decide whether or not to remove the British monarch as Head of State and become a republic.

According to news.com.au, Prime Minister Gaston Browne made the announcement following Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8 and the subsequent proclamation of King Charles III as the new UK monarch.

“This is a matter that needs to be put to the people in a referendum,” Browne told ITV News. “This is not a hostile act, nor is there any difference between Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy.”

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The Prime Minister also stated that the aforementioned move is “a final step to complete the circle of independence in order to become a truly sovereign nation,” and that it does not constitute “any form of disrespect to the monarch.”

The twin-island nation has joined other Commonwealth countries in declaring their intention to depose the British monarch as Head of State and establish a republic. Barbados deposed Queen Elizabeth II as its Head of State in November of last year in order to achieve Republican status. The Caribbean country currently has a president who was born in the country.

Moreover, during Prince William and his wife’s March visit to Jamaica, Prime Minister Andrew Holness informed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge of the Caribbean country’s intention to end its colonial ties with the British monarchy.

Jamaica, according to Holness, aspires to achieve “its true ambitions as an independent, developed, and prosperous country.”

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Face2Face Africa reported that in April, Belize signaled its intention to depose Queen Elizabeth II as the Caribbean nation’s Head of State and formally become a republic.

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