Antigua prime minister sacks his tourism minister

Antigua and Barbuda prime minister Gaston Browne has fired his tourism and investment minister Asot Michael.

The development came on the heels of Michael’s arrest by Metropolitan Police in London today.

Browne, who was returning home from Montenegro where he led a government delegation to an international conference on Citizenship by Investment, said he received news of Michael’s detention from Antigua and Barbuda’s high commissioner in London Karen-Mae Hill.

In a statement, Browne said he was obligated to take the action but admitted that he did not have any details about why Michael was detained by police.

“While I have no firm details of the reasons for Mr Michael’s arrest, the arrest itself is sufficient for me to revoke immediately his appointment as a Cabinet member and to relieve him of all ministerial portfolios until this matter is resolved.

The prime minister declared: “I have repeatedly stated that I expect every member of my government to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office, and while Mr Michael might establish his innocence in time, the fact that he has been arrested, obliges me to relieve him of all government duties”.

“I undertake to release other information regarding Mr Michael’s arrest as it is brought to my attention,” Browne said.

16 Responses to Antigua prime minister sacks his tourism minister

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer October 23, 2017 at 5:43 pm

    You hot gut

  2. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell October 23, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    I hope fumble taking notes

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 23, 2017 at 5:54 pm

      Them in going to step out side.

    • Eddy Murray
      Eddy Murray October 23, 2017 at 5:56 pm

      But he should make to resign for hosting a wanted man in a place that my tax dollars pay for.

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 23, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      Have you ever heard of a wrongful arrest? Unless the PM of ANTIGUA has info that the public is aware of i will remain curious at his speedy decision.

      • Sherlock Holmes. October 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm

        SHOULD READ …. that the public is not aware of.

  3. Patrick October 23, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    Ricardo, you have problems, hope you overcome them

  4. Patrick October 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Ricardo, explain

  5. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers October 23, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    That’s a man/Prime Minister with BALLS

  6. Verona Michael
    Verona Michael October 23, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Yeah throw your bosom buddy under the bus and pretend you don’t know him

  7. Janis October 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Yes I agree our PM should do the same with Sinckler who has royally screwed up our economy.

  8. ACST October 23, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    When will this happen in Barbados, ministers are accountable for their actions. Stop hiding behind the political curtain. The people of Barbados put you there, and you serve the people of Barbados

  9. Mic Taylor
    Mic Taylor October 23, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    That would never happen here ! Ya all remember Michael Carrington and the alleged stolen money?

  10. milli watt October 23, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    @ Mic the speaker was never arrested and in any case an arrest of an employee puts the employer in an uncomfortable position. seems like guilty till proven innocent but it is the political class would hope the Metropolitan police do the caribbean a favour and detain ALL A DEM

  11. Saga Boy October 23, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    I find it very strange that without having knowledge as to why a Minister was arrested the PM fires him. I think the PM knows more than he is saying or he is acting prematurely. The PM owes it to his Minister to fine out the details of the arrest before taking action. What happens if he is exonerated?

  12. Anton October 23, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    The PM of Antigua has guts which is something that our PM does not have. The Speaker should have been asked to step down long time ago but in stead our PM was afraid to do so because of the little majority that his party has in Parliament and he talked nonsense about his getting a lawyer. What he needed was a taste of Dodds even if he had a lawyer to represent him. There are also others in the government whose behaviour is not above board but they get away with it due to poor leadership.


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