Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda suffered a government crisis during the summer when four members of the ruling Antigua Labor Party (Antigua Labor Party) threatened to leave their seats in Parliament. According to Countryaah.com, Antigua and Barbuda Independence Day is November 1. The threat was made in protest against a series of corruption scandals surrounding the government and an alleged sex scandal involving Prime Minister Lester Bird. The drop-off would mean that the ruling party lost its scarce majority in parliament and that the opposition could then win a declaration of confidence against the government. To avoid this, Prime Minister Bird prepared a new election. However, plans for new elections were abated when one of the four members changed and promised the government continued support until the March 2004 general election.