PM not intimidated by browne as party leader

Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer
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ST JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer said a Gaston Browne led Antigua Labour Party (ALP) poses no greater threat to his administration holding on to the reins of government.

“To be quite frank, it’s six of one and half-a-dozen of the other,” he said.

“To suggest that by the automatic rise of Gaston Browne to the leadership, and because he is more youthful, that that represents fundamental change, I do not subscribe to that.”

Spencer was speaking on OBSERVER Radio’s Big Issues on Sunday when he characterised the ALP as the same party of old regardless of who leads it.

“I have no qualms about the UPP’s ability to take on the Antigua Labour Party whoever is at the helm,” he said.

Despite some who would characterise both parties as being the same, the prime minister said the United Progressive Party remains a distinct party from the opposition.

“I have confidence in the people of Antigua & Barbuda to make that judgement. I believe that when the time comes the people of this country will rise to the occasion.”

Chairman of the UPP Harold Lovell shared similar sentiments soon after Browne defeated Lester Bird for the leadership of the ALP at the convention last November.

Meantime, when asked whether he plans to call an early election or wait out the full five-year term, PM Spencer held his cards close to his chest.

“You don’t want to give your opponents any inclination as to how, when and under what circumstances you would go to the polls,” he said.

(More in today’s Daily OBSERVER)

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