— Officially: State of Antigua and Barbuda.
— Seat of government: Saint John’s.
— Status: Democratic.
— Structure: The parliament comprises the House of Representatives, elected in geographical constituencies, which chooses the prime minister, and the Senate, mostly chosen by the government and the opposition in the House.
— Governing party: Antigua Labour Party.
— Head of government: Gaston Browne, prime minister.
— Chief opposition party: United Progressive Party.
— Assessment: Recent history: The ALP, under Vere Cornwall Bird (1981-94) and his son Lester (1994-2004), governed from independence until the election of the UPP in 2004, under Baldwin Spencer. In 2009, the UPP was reelected, but the 2014 general election saw the ALP return to power.
— FH: 2-2, free.
— Updated: 2014 October 24.