(Antigua Observer) The opposition United Progressive Party (UPP) is calling on the Gaston Browne led administration “to suspend the approval of any further [CIP] applications, pending the convening and outcomes of a forensic audit – to include the administration and operations of the Programme”.

The call was made yesterday in the wake of the announcement by the Canadian government that it has rescinded the privilege of visa free travel by Antiguans and Barbudans to Canada.

In a written statement circulated to the media, the UPP noted: “Given the action taken by the Government of Canada this morning, June 27, 2017, the United Progressive Party (UPP) is convinced that the Citizenship by Investment Programme, as it is being promoted and managed by the Gaston Browne-led Antigua & Barbuda Labour Party, is no longer viable for Antigua & Barbuda.”

The statement continues: “Accordingly, we call on the Government to suspend the approval of any further applications, pending the convening and outcomes of a forensic audit – to include the administration and operations of the Programme – before it does further and irreparable harm to this country and its people.”

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