Over three hundred elated nationals from around the region and internationally on Tuesday became citizens of Antigua and Barbuda, a promise fulfilled by the Gaston Browne Administration to make citizens those individuals who had legal status gaps within their time while living in Antigua and Barbuda over the past seven years and beyond.
Prime Minister Browne, who spoke to a group of the new citizens during the ceremony, said that his party during the 2014 election campaign, promised to correct the injustice facilitated by the United Progressive Party administration which deemed those having gaps within their residency period of not being eligible to become citizens of Antigua and Barbuda even after living and making meaningful contributions to Antigua and Barbuda for over seven years and beyond. The Gaston Browne administration introduced a citizenship amnesty legislation (Immigration and passport (Amendment) Act 2015) to facilitate the granting of citizenship to those affected.
A detailed article will be produced in a subsequent email which will highlight the comments of the Honourable Prime Minister, which was favourably received by the new citizens who joyfully applauded his comments.
We present photos of the event.