Harold Lovell has retired as leader of the United Progressive Party in Antigua and Barbuda, after three successive defeats at the polls.
There had been mounting pressure for Lovell to resign over the years from even members of his own party.
On the night of the January 18th general elections, Lovell lost his seat by six votes to the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party contender Melford Nicholas.
A statement from the party released this morning said that although he is retiring as Political Leader, Lovell will remain active with the Party, mainly in the role of advisor to the Executive and the incoming Parliamentarians.
“It’s a new day, a new era and the team deserves a fresh start. The UPP is in a very strong position now, the best since 2009, and this is a good time for me to step down. I know that Brother Pringle is more than capable of leading the Party and he enjoys my committed support,” Lovell said
Lovell was elected Political Leader at the Party’s 2015 Convention and has been the force behind the rebuilding of the UPP since it lost office in 2014.
During his ten years in Government, Lovell served as the Minister of Tourism in his first term and as Minister of Finance & the Economy, in his second term.
According to the UPP statement, Lovell’s service to the UPP and the country will be celebrated later this year at the UPP Convention.
Jamal Pringle is now the Deputy Political Leader.