After the death of Queen Elizabeth II in Antigua Barbuda, the option of becoming a republic came to the fore. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that a referendum on this issue could be held within three years.
Browne also underlined that the referendum step is not a sign of hostility. The prime minister of the Caribbean country made this comment, King Charles IIIHe did it after the ceremony confirming that he was the head of state.
Browne said he would implement this referendum if reelected. Prime Minister Browne, who holds 15 seats in the 17-seat parliament, also acknowledged that the public does not have a great demand in this direction.
“I don’t think many people think about it,” Browne told British ITV television. In Australia, where the same issue is on the agenda, there is no possibility of a vote for four years.
The new Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, a republican, said he was not on the agenda for a vote during his term.
Speaking to Sky News, Albanese said: “We share the sadness that so many Australians are feeling right now. We have a deep respect for what the Queen has brought to Australia,” she said.
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EnglandIn addition to , King Charles is recognized as the head of state in 14 more countries.
These countries are Antigua Barbuda, Australia, Belize, Canada, Granada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.
Many of these countries debate the existence of a monarchy. The Prime Minister of the Caribbean country of Antigua Barbuda shares the view that becoming a republic will be “the last step to independence”.
Last year, Barbados appointed Sandra Mason as head of state after the Queen was removed from the presidency.
In Jamaica, the ruling Workers Party says they are aiming for a referendum on the goal of becoming a republic.