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ABLP Chairman Addresses Labour Party Conference in St. Kitts

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Photo Caption: Leader of the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party and Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, Chet Greene.

By: T. Chapman

Chairman of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, E.P Chet Greene, was the featured speaker at the 87th annual conference of the St Kitts Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) held at the Marriott Ballroom on Sunday, 19th May.

Greene brought fraternal greetings on behalf of Prime Minister, Hon. Gaston Browne, and the members of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party. In so doing, Greene spoke of the close ties that have existed between the two parties and the similarities in their developments for almost seventy years.

Green said:

A new Constitution in 1952 provided for the introduction of adult suffrage in St Kitts-Nevis. While in December 1951, a new Constitution provided for adult suffrage in Antigua and Barbuda. A Ministerial system of governance was introduced in St Kitts- Nevis in 1956, the same year as it did in Antigua and Barbuda. In 1967, St Kitts-Nevis became an associated state in associated with Britain; so too, did Antigua and Barbuda.

Greene who holds the portfolio of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade highlighted the contributions of Sir Vere Cornwall Bird of Antigua and Barbuda and Sir Llewellyn Bradshaw of St Kitts-Nevis. Both men played significant roles in breaking the grip of colonialism on Antigua and St. Kitts and Nevis.

He echoed the sentiments that:

We are on the same track.

Like the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party whose focua is on the Next Generation of Citizens, Greene notes that the theuat of the Gaston Brone Administration is to place the youth of Antigua and Barbuda at the centre of the nation’s development.

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