PM Browne Compares ABLP Achievements to UPP’s ‘Lost Decade’ in Anniversary Address

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne marked the 10th anniversary of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) coming to power with an address to the nation, highlighting the country’s progress under his administration.

Browne compared the current state of Antigua and Barbuda to the period under the previous United Progressive Party (UPP) administration, which he described as a “lost decade.”

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He cited severe economic downturns, high unemployment, significant business closures, unsustainable national debt, and rampant crime, including rapes and homicides, as major issues during the UPP’s tenure.

He emphasized the government’s default on an IMF loan, leading to an inability to pay for essential services like fuel, electricity, and water, resulting in over $200 million in unpaid debts.

Notable failed projects, such as the unfinished car park in St. John’s, the Wadadli power plant, and the Half Moon Bay acquisition, were highlighted as symbols of corruption and incompetence.

Browne also mentioned the UPP’s reliance on over $2 billion in borrowings and the IMF, which strained public services and the economy.

Browne credited the ABLP for transforming the economic landscape and improving the nation’s fortunes over the past decade.

He thanked the people of Antigua and Barbuda for their trust and support, acknowledging the progress made in rebuilding and rejuvenating the country.

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