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Organisation of Government of Antigua and Barbuda

Type: Independent Nation - British style parliamentary democracy


Date of Independence: 1st November 1981 (from the United Kingdom)

Date of Constitution: 1st November 1981 Head of State: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Governor-General: Sir James Beethoven Carlisle C.B.E.

Head of government: Prime Minister

Capital: St. John's

Administrative Subdivision

  • Parish: St. George
  • Parish: St. John
  • Parish: St. Mary
  • Parish: St. Paul
  • Parish: St. Peter
  • Parish: St. Philip
  • Dependency: Barbuda
  • Dependency: Redonda

Legal system: based on English common law

Executive Branch: British monarch, governor general, prime minister, Cabinet

Legislative Branch: Bicameral Parliament consists of an upper house or Senate

Judicial Branch

Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Political parties:

  • Antigua Labour Party - ALP - Governing (1996)
  • United Progressive Party - UPP - Opposing (1996)

Consisting of

  • the United National Democratic Party (UNDP)
  • the Antigua Caribbean Liberation Movement (ACLM),
  • the Progressive Labor Movement (PLM)

Trade Unions (1986 approx)

  • Antigua and Barbuda Public Service Association (ABPSA) - 500 members
  • Antigua Trades and Labor Union (ATLU) - 10,000 members
  • Antigua Workers Union (AWU) - 10,000 members

Electoral suffrage: Universal at age 18
Elections: At least every five years


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