Prime Minister Gaston Browne made the announcementlast night, as he introduced the 17 candidates of the party he leads, the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party.
This is one year earlier than the constitutional due date.
Browne says he has called an early election to protect the many projects in the pipeline that the ABLP has planned for 2019.
The Prime Minister says he has advised the governor general to dissolve parliament which will be done on Monday 26th February.
On Tuesday February 27th, the writ of elections will be issued which means he has given the minimum amount of days notice for elections in Antigua and Barbuda.
Meanwhile, in response, United Progressive Party Leader Harold Lovell says the government has called early elections because "things are not normal" and the government has failed to deliver on its manifesto promises.
Lovell said " all of us outside the Browne circke know that "life is harder than ever over the last four years."
He said residents never enjoyed the benefit of low oil prices and neither did they benefit from the Citizenship by Investment Programme.
In addition, Lovell pointed out that Antigua did not enjoy the benefit of increased tourism and the country under-performed on every meaningful indicator of prosperity.
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