Ukraine and Antigua and Barbuda
On Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent state and a member of the British-led Commonwealth of Nations. It is a federal, parliamentary, representative democratic monarchy. The Constitution has been in force since November 1, 1981 (the date of independence).
Elizabeth II is the present Queen of Antigua and Barbuda, represented by the Governor General, who is a local citizen. Rodney Williams is the current Governor General, and has been since June 14, 2014.
The legislative power is exercised by a bicameral Parliament consisting of the Senate and House of Representatives. The Parliament is elected for 5 years. The Senate has 17 members, appointed by the Governor General, and its President is elected among its members. The current President of the Senate is Senator the Hon. Alincia T.H. Williams-Grant (elected June 24, 2014). 17 members of the House of Representatives are elected by direct voting. The Speaker is elected by the House members. The current Speaker of the House is Gerald Owen A. Watt (elected June 25, 2014).
The most recent general elections to the House of Representatives took place on June 12, 2014. As a result of elections, the Antigua Labor Party won 14 seats and United Progressive Party won 3 seats.
Executive power is exercised by the government, headed by the Prime Minister, appointed by the Governor General. The government is accountable to the Parliament. Gaston Browne is the current Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda (holding office since 13 June 2014). The Judicial system is independent from the legislative and executive branches, and is based on common law.
Foreign Policy of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), the Eastern Caribbean's Regional Security System, the Petrocaribe alliance, as well as the WTO and the International Criminal Court.
It is also a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Cooperation within the CARICOM is mostly focused on implementing joint projects in tourism, education, regional security, crisis management, health, sports, art projects, trade, agriculture, and the conservation of cultural heritage.
In order to intensify the functioning of democratic institutions, combat millennium challenges and accelerate integration processes in the country, Antigua and Barbuda is actively cooperating with members of the OAS.
Antigua and Barbuda maintains a high level of diplomatic relations with regional partners, primarily the United States, countries on other continents, including the UK and EU member-states, China, and carries out effective work in international organizations.
Antiguan foreign policy is based on the principles of good neighborliness and mutual respect, and is focused primarily on obtaining international technical assistance and ensuring effective economic cooperation.