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Grenada in republic debate too

Regional 11 May, 2023 Follow News

Grenada could be a republic soon too

Grenada is showing increasing interest in becoming a republic, with the country’s prime minister hoping it will be under his leadership.

In an interview with Sky News’ Sabah Choudhry, Grenadian Prime Minister Dickon Mitchell spoke about republicanism, the Commonwealth, and the relationship the island nation has with the UK ahead of the King’s coronation.

When asked if there would be a Grenadian republic in his lifetime, Mr Mitchell said: “I believe so.”

Mitchell, 45, who has been in office for 10 months, said he has “hope” it will happen during his leadership, but ruled out any concrete constitutional change before 2024.

“It’s not an immediate priority for us,” he said, citing economic, health, and social issues as being more important currently.

The news comes after Jamaica declared it has accelerated its plans to become a republic - as soon as next year - as Commonwealth countries took part in the King’s coronation over the weekend. Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, the Bahamas and St Kitts and Nevis are interested in becoming republics too.

Barbados, officially became a republic in 2021, transitioning from a parliamentary constitutional monarchy which had the late Queen as its head of state.

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