After failing to lead the United Progressive Party to victory in Antigua and Barbuda’s General Elections for a third consecutive time, Harold Lovell has resigned from leadership of the party.

Lovell reportedly issued his resignation on Thursday, less than 24 hours after the confirmation of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party’s victory in retaining leadership of the country for a third term.

In addition to the party’s loss at the polls, Lovell was also unsuccessful in winning the City East seat for a third time, this time with only 6 votes standing between him and victory.

His resignation will come into effect on January 20th.

He will be succeeded by Jamale Pringle, the sole member of the UPP to serve in the previous parliament. 

Pringle was also particularly successful in retaining his All Saints East and St Luke seat in this election, beating out his competitor by over 700 votes.

Despite retiring as political leader, Lovell, a former Finance Minister, will remain an active member of the UPP, serving mainly as an advisor to the party’s executive and incoming legislators.