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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Antigua and Barbuda has a bicameral legislature: a 17-member Senate appointed by the governor general--mainly on the advice of the prime minister and the leader of the opposition--and a 17-member popularly elected House of Representatives. The prime minister is the leader of the majority party in the House and conducts affairs of state with the cabinet. The prime minister and the cabinet are responsible to the parliament. Elections must be held at least every five years, but may be called by the prime minister at any time.

Antigua and Barbuda has a multiparty political system, with a long history of hard fought elections, two of which have resulted in peaceful changes of government.
CURRENT GOVERNMENT
Governor General
Carlisle, James B.
Prime Minister Bird, Lester
Min. of Agriculture, Lands, & Fisheries Bird, Vere, Jr.
Min. of Caricom & OECS Affairs Bird, Lester
Min. of Defense Bird, Lester
Min. of Education, Culture, & Technology Williams, Rodney
Min. of External Affairs Bird, Lester
Min. of Finance Bird, Lester
Min. of Health & Social Improvement St. Luce, John
Min. of Justice & Legal Affairs Bird, Lester
Min. of Labor, Home Affairs, & Cooperatives Benjamin, Steadroy
Min. of Legislature, Privatization, Printing, & Electoral Affairs Bird, Lester
Min. of Planning, Implementation, & Public Service Browne, Gaston
Min. of Public Utilities, Aviation, International & Local Transport, & Housing Yearwood, Robin
Min. of Public Works, Sewage, Energy, Urban Development, & Renewal Bird, Lester
Min. of Telecommunications & Gaming Bird, Lester
Min. of Tourism & Environment Joseph, Molwyn
Min. of Trade, Industry, & Business Development Humphreys, Hilroy
Min. of Youth Empowerment, Sports, Community Development, & Carnival Yearwood, Guy
Attorney General Cort, Errol
Ambassador to the US Hurst, Lionel
Permanent Representative to the UN, New York Lewis, Patrick