BPM labels ABLP a ‘dictatorship’ government

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Asha Frank, one of the Barbuda Peoples Movement (BPM) representatives on the Barbuda Council, has accused the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) of practicing “dictatorship governance”.
In her address at the United Progressive Party (UPP) rally held at Thwaites Corner on Thursday, the former teacher defined dictatorship as “a form of governance in which absolute power is exercised” and expressed her opinion that newly elected ABLP candidates on the council “are not standing up to the higher heads”.
“Be warned Antiguans, for the labour party [is] running a dictatorship in Barbuda. Voters, I am here to prepare you for what you are imminently about to face in this dictatorship,” Frank said. “Even though the evident demand from the electorate was for a younger and female centred council, the ABLP [is] not seeing the obvious opportunity and [is] blocking the progress in Barbuda.”
In her warning, Frank said to the electorate, “No longer do we want in Antigua where the rich get richer and the poor get poorer, where youth
unemployment levels are at its highest, where the corruption and scandal is great.”
She explained that the heightened global scrutiny that Antigua & Barbuda has been facing recently should not be accepted and she is dissatisfied that “we are known for corruption” and that must change.
The newcomer to the political arena has also called upon the youth to “effect change and get engaged” in the country’s political affairs.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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