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Antiguan court dismisses lawsuit against Prime Minister, Cabinet

Published:Monday | August 1, 2016 | 8:16 PM
The court concluded that the Constitution gives the Prime Minister the discretion to select his Cabinet and places no limitations on the number of ministers that can be selected.

A lawsuit challenging Antigua's Prime Minister, Gaston Browne and members of his Cabinet has been dismissed by the High Court.

The lawsuit, brought by the Free and Fair Election League, alleged that Browne exceeded his authority under the Constitution by appointing 11 elected members of the House of Representatives to the Cabinet.

The League claimed that the eleven appointments, the Executive arm of Government, enjoys supremacy over the Legislative branch.

However, the court concluded that the Constitution gives the Prime Minister the discretion to select his Cabinet and places no limitations on the number of ministers that can be selected.

It says Ministers of Government must, however, be selected from those appointed to the Senate or elected to the Lower House.