Antigua Election 2023: 10 things about Gaston Browne

By Rumi Samuel Published on January 16, 2023
Antigua Election 2023: 10 things about Gaston Browne

Prime Minister Gaston Browne will seek his third term in office on January 18 when Antigua and Barbuda holds its general election.

Browne is the leader of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP), and he has held that position since 2014.

As prime minister, Browne oversaw many developments and tragedies in Antigua and Barbuda’s history, including the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, the establishment of the University of the West Indies Five Islands Campus and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are ten things you should know about Prime Minister Gaston Browne:

  • Browne was born in Potters on 9 February 1967. He was raised in the poverty-stricken communities of Point and Grays.
  • After completing his secondary education, Browne left Antigua for the United Kingdom, where he completed degree programs in Banking and Finance.
  • Before becoming a full-time politician, Browne worked in the banking sector for several years and rose the corporate ladder to become a senior bank manager.
  • In the 1999 General Election, Browne entered the political arena, and he was elected as the Member of Parliament for the constituency of St John's City West. 
  • Browne’s first ministerial appointment was as the Minister of Planning, Trade, Industry, Commerce and Public Service Affairs in then Prime Minister Lester Bird’s cabinet.
  • In April 2021, Browne added the profession of a farmer to his long list of accolades when he started Farmer DG Browne Company Limited with his two adult sons. The farm produces livestock, fresh seasoning, ground provision and coconuts.
  •                 Browne is married to fellow politician Maria Browne, and he is a father of five children.
  • Browne received an Honorary Doctorate from the American University of Antigua (AUA) in New Jersey in 2017 for his leadership and for championing issues affecting small island states.
  • Browne, who attends the Weslyan Holiness Church Biblical, lives by the bible verse Psalms 23.
  • Outside of politics, Browne enjoys playing football, dominoes, swimming and boating.
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