BBC Caribbean News in Brief

Jamaica awaits cleric
Jamaica is preparing for the arrival of Abdullah al-Faisal, a radical muslim cleric that Kenya is reported to have deported.

Shiekh alFasial was previously expelled from Britain back to his native Jamaica after serving jail time for urging his audiences to kill Jews, Hindus and Westerners.

Jamaica’s foreign minister Kenneth Baugh says the security authorities have developed mechanisms for monitoring criminal deportees.

The Kenyan authorities decided to deport the preacher amid fears he could incite religious discord.

But they had previously failed in their attempts because other countries have refused to give him a transit visa.

Antilleans choose

Voters in the Dutch Antilles are casting ballots in the final election before the five-island federation is disbanded.

The islands are due to go their separate ways on 10 October.

But they will still remain, with varying degrees of autonomy, under the bosom of the Netherlands.

Curaçao and St Maarten will become autonomous territories within the Kingdom of the Netherlands, while Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius will become special municipalities.
Anguilla slate confirmed
Twenty candidates have filed papers to contest general elections in Anguilla on 15 February.

Seven seats are at stake in the British territory.

The governing Anguilla United Front is contesting all constituencies, while the Anguilla United Movement and the Anguilla Progressive Party are fielding representatives in five each.

There are three independents.

St Kitts and Nevis
on final stretch

It is the final weekend of campaigning in St Kitts and Nevis for general elections on Monday.

Political parties say the electorate will decide who’s best to take the islands through difficult economic times.

The ruling Labour Party is seeking a fourth straight term and is facing a challenge from the Peoples Action Movement on St Kitts.

The vote on Nevis is contested by local parties, who can influence the result if there is a hung parliament.

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