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Barbuda has lost a well-known political figure, Paul Nedd, who passed away at the age of 59 after a prolonged illness.
The sad news of his demise surfaced on Tuesday when he breathed his last at the Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre. Nedd was a prominent member of the Antiguan and Barbudan political landscape and had been actively involved in politics for many years.
Born in Barbuda, Nedd had moved to the United Kingdom where he worked as a chef for a considerable time before returning to his homeland.
He joined the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party, contesting a council election on their ticket, but unfortunately, he was not successful. Later, he ran for the council election as an independent candidate but lost again.
He then joined the Barbuda People’s Movement, making a third attempt to win a council seat, but was unsuccessful once more.
Nonetheless, his political aspirations finally found a way when he was appointed as the secretary of the council in 2018.
However, his stint as the secretary was short-lived as he had to step down due to policy differences with the council members.
Nedd had a different approach towards working with the main investors of the island, the PLH project, which apparently did not align with the council’s vision.
After being ousted, he re-joined the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party and was an active campaigner in the January 18 general elections.
Paul Nedd was not only a political figure but also a devoted family man. He leaves behind his wife and two sons who will undoubtedly miss him immensely.