EXECUTIVE MEMBER OF ANTIGUA’S MINORITY OPPOSITION Democratic National Alliance, Anthony Stuart, said that he is not satisfied that Asot Michael has also resigned from the Cabinet there.
Stuart wants the now former Antigua Trade Minister to quit as a member of parliament also.
Michael reportedly resigned Tuesday after he was implicated in a bribery scandal engulfing a British property tycoon. Recorded telephone conversations suggested that Michael was seeking campaign finance money and a car for his mother from Peter Singh Virdee, who has invested in Antigua.
Michael has denied these claims.
Stuart who earlier called on Gaston Browne, the Prime Minister, to dismiss the Investment and Trade minister said he is not satisfied with Michael’s partial departure.
Leader of the main opposition United Progressive Party, Harold Lovell, said the accusations swirling around Michael is, in his view, another plot against the name of Antigua.
Meantime, in neighboring St Kitts and Nevis, the opposition there is also calling on Prime Minister, Timothy Harris, to resign.
In one of the intercepted telephone conversations with the troubled tycoon, reference was made to a pending meeting with the Prime Minister of St Kitts.
The office of Prime Minister Harris has denied any engagement – and has suggested that Virdee might have been in contact with previous Prime Minister, Dr Denzil Douglas.
Douglas says the transcripts of the telephone conversations reference a time when Harris was already in office.
Douglas concedes however he had known the controversial tycoon.
There has been reports that Virdee obtained a St Kitts and Nevis passport.
Douglas says he is not aware that he would have received the passport during his reign but the real issue at hand is the suspected conduct of the current prime minister.