Antigua and Barbuda. Prime Minister Lester Bird's party
Antigua Labor Party won 12 of Parliament's 17 seats in the
March 9 election, thereby strengthening its position
somewhat. The United Progressive Party opposition party lost
one seat and got four seats in parliament.
Countryaah official website, former Prime Minister Vere Bird Sr., who ruled Antigua
and Barbuda between 1981 and 1994, passed away on June 28,
1999, at 89 years old. Bird challenged British colonial
power in the 1950s when he demanded higher wages for the
workers on the country's sugar plantations. He then led the
liberation struggle for several decades until 1981, when the
country became independent, and was highly respected by its
In 2006-07, a US-Antigua trade dispute arose over the
sale of online games. Antigua ended up asking the WTO to
order the US to pay $ 3.4 billion US $ in damages. According
to Antigua, Washington's copyright claims had triggered a
crisis in the country's software industry.
Prime Minister Spencer is known internationally as a
capable diplomat and that was the reason why in 2008 he was
elected President of the 77 countries group (G77).
Spencer's UPP won the March 2009 parliamentary elections
with 51.1% of the vote. A year later, a judge overturned
Spencer's election to 2 other UP MPs, throwing the country
into a constitutional and political crisis until an October
2010 appeals court overturned the ruling.
In a speech to the UN General Assembly in October 2013,
Spencer urged the colonial states to pay compensation for
slavery. Now is the time for their words to be followed by
compensation to the victims. " The Economist
subsequently speculated on the amount of compensation that
could be involved, and for natural reasons reached quite
astronomical amounts. Slavery paid for the economic
development of Western Europe in the 16-18. century, created
the basis for the original accumulation and thus for the
development of capitalism, so the debt is huge.