Another Caribbean country is considering removing Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, proposed a single-item referendum asking citizens whether the queen should remain the head of state in parliament or appoint a nonexecutive, homegrown president

“I will tell you this. I am prepared, if the opposition agrees today, before the end of the year or early next year to put one question in a referendum: to have a home-grown president in the manner in which I’ve just described, a non-executive president, and as was laid out in the proposed constitution, and let us go with that one single issue to the people to complete the national democratic task,” said Gonsalves

A majority of Vincentians voted “no” in a 2009 referendum that proposed a revision of the Caribbean nation’s constitution. “I agree that we are now 12 years away from the referendum,” Gonsalves said.

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The Prime Minister also added that a committee will be established to oversee a national honors program if the referendum receives bipartisan support. Gonsalves also proposed the simultaneous establishment of a body “to carry out a process of decolonisation in names.”

“We change the name of Victoria Park, we change the name of Higginson Street and other places;  Murrays Road, because it is a colonial administrator. And we do that, especially at this time of fresh hope …

Gonsalves is hoping to take a page from Barbados’ playbook.

On November 30, 2021, Barbados removed the Queen of England as its head of state and elected Dame Sandra Mason as its first local head of state.

Barbados has been an independent country since 1966. But the country, along with 16 others that were formally part of the so-called “British empire,” still recognized Queen Elizabeth II as its sovereign head of state until Barbados’ recent decision, as we previously reported.

“It’s not a divisive decision. It’s not a decision that is reflective of any break with the monarchy or any disrespect. In fact, it’s quite the opposite,” says Mason. “We have an excellent relationship with the United Kingdom, with the royal family and we believe that the time has just come for us to boost the confidence of our people.

In April, Belize also signaled its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth II as the Caribbean nation’s Head of State and officially become a republic,


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