(Antigua Observer) In seeking to address public concern about missing names and designations on a diplomatic passport list published on Wednesday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that the main reason for the discrepancies was due to a new policy he intends to implement.
He also revealed the reason why the names of some holders of diplomatic passports were missing from the list, including Senate Minority Leader and Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Harold Lovell.
“Lovell was not included because under the policy he would not have been eligible. In the new policy, it is the Leader of the Opposition who would be eligible to hold the diplomatic passport. Parliamentarians who are not members of the executive will not be eligible for a diplomatic passport,” Browne told OBSERVER media yesterday.
Athletes and entertainers may also be excluded from the list, however, the prime minister said that he has agreed to relook at the policy. “Part of the thinking is that all parliamentarians [in] the Upper and Lower houses should be included,” he explained.