ST. JOHN’S: For the first time in its 66-year history, the Antigua Labour Party (ALP) will not be led by a member of the Bird family.
On Sunday, Gaston Browne defeated Lester Bird by a 213-180 margin to take control of the main opposition ALP. The party was founded by Lester Bird’s father and the island’s first prime minister, the late V.C. Bird.
However, Brown also announced on Sunday he will marry Maria Bird – the niece of Lester Bird – on April 24 next year.
What originally began as a four-man race for the leadership of the party became a contest between Browne and Bird after Robin Yearwood and Molwyn Joseph withdrew their candidacy and pledged their support for Bird, 74.
In his victory speech, Browne thanked his supporters and called on the ALP and its supporters to recommit themselves to defeating the ruling Unity Labour Party (UPP) at the next general election.
Browne said he intends to ensure the legacy of Lester Bird, the island’s second prime minister, by making him leader emeritus of the ALP.