CARIB | May 8, 2023

St Vincent and the Grenadines PM wants to cut ties with British Monarchy

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Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. (Photo: REUTERS/Swoan Parker/File)

Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves has once again shared his intentions to break from the “absurdity” of the British monarchy.

In 2009, St Vincent and the Grenadines held a referendum to decide whether to transition to a republic. Forty-five per cent of voters chose to replace Queen Elizabeth II with a ceremonial president – falling far short of the two-thirds required.

According to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Gonsalves has once again shared his intentions to cut ties with the British empire.

However, the Prime Minister said he would still welcome an apology from the British state and monarchy on past injustices relating to slavery.

Gonsalves said he believes King Charles III is open to talking about reparations.

Within the past year, political leaders in the Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Antigua and Barbuda have all indicated their plans to review their positions as constitutional monarchies.


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