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ANTIGUA | New political party launched by ousted opposition member

Opposition legislator Joanne Massiah,first woman in the country’s history to lead a political party. Opposition legislator Joanne Massiah,first woman in the country’s history to lead a political party.
ST. JOHN’S Antigua, Apr. 19, CMC – Antigua and Barbuda’s newest political party – the Democratic National Alliance (DNA) was launched on Tuesday by ousted opposition legislator Joanne Massiah.

With the launch, Massiah is the first woman in the country’s history to lead a political party.

MassiahsMassiah, who was booted from the opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), earlier this year, said the party will rely on support from the average person for financing, adding that it will not be pleading with well-known wealthy political financiers for its campaigns.

“We do not subscribe to all that is involved in what has become known as money politics. Where will our money come from? The few cents we have come from the people … one, one full basket,” Massiah said at the long awaited launch.

The party was launched on Tuesday at the Multipurpose Cultural Centre.

Massiah, who is represents the constituency of All Saints East and St Luke, was once touted as the first woman to attempt to lead the UPP, but she was expelled after a meeting of the party’s Disciplinary Council.

In January 2016, Massiah said she had entered the race to succeed former prime minister Baldwin Spencer at the “urgings of the party faithful, after much prayer, broad-based consultation and sober reflection as well as through a process of objective assessment of the legacy of the UPP and the overwhelming sense of duty to introduce the country to a different type of politics.”

She was kicked out of the UPP following a row, which started almost two years ago when she accused her UPP colleagues of lying about her refusal to cooperate during the dispute over the leadership race .

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