Antigua and Barbuda to vote on whether to remove British monarch as head of state, PM says

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(CNN)The premier curate of Antigua and Barbuda said the Caribbean state volition clasp a referendum connected whether to become a republic and region King Charles III arsenic the caput of authorities wrong the adjacent fewer years.

The erstwhile British colony gained its independency from the United Kingdom successful 1981 but is 1 of 14 countries to clasp the British monarch arsenic caput of state. It is besides a portion of the Commonwealth, a 54-member enactment of mostly erstwhile British territories.

After confirming King Charles III arsenic the King of Antigua and Barbuda connected Saturday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne told ITV News that helium planned connected holding a referendum connected whether the state becomes a republic successful the adjacent 3 years.

    "This is simply a substance that has to beryllium taken to a referendum for the radical to decide," helium said, adding that it is not mean to "represent immoderate signifier of disrespect to the monarch. This is not an enactment of hostility, oregon immoderate quality betwixt Antigua and Barbuda and the monarchy."

      He explained that it would beryllium "a last measurement to implicit the ellipse of independency to go a genuinely sovereign nation."

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