Politics 

Embattled Minister- Asot Michael, Resigns from Cabinet

Following the reports of alleged bribery involving Caribbean Ministers, member of Parliament, the Hon. Asot Michael has mutually agreed to resign and “immediately demit his executive office”, according to a letter withdrawing the appointment of the Honorable Asot Michael. According to sources within the Office of the Prime Minister, PM Browne advised the Governor General today, that all portfolios assigned to the Honourable Asot Michael are withdrawn immediately.” The letter goes on to indicated that Mr. Michael is no longer a member of the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda, effective…

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History in the Making- Ambassador Francis – King Frank I – speaks at the OAS Council

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda will report to the Organisation of American States (OAS) on Monday, May 14th on its measures to improve the rights of Rastafarian community. Ambassador to the United States and the OAS, Sir Ronald Sanders, will address the Permanent Council of the OAS on Mondaymorning to advise that the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, has apologised to the Rastafarian community for decades of discrimination against them.   He will also inform the Council of other measures that the Government has taken or intends to take to…

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Office of the Prime Minister Warns Public of Fake Gaston Browne Facebook Pages

The Office of the Prime Minister this week issued an alert for persons to be on the lookout for malicious individuals who are creating fake social media profiles of Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other public officials. The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has been made aware of the appearance of several fake profiles on Facebook of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, some of which are soliciting funds from the public. The general public is therefore informed that there are only two official Facebook profiles that are associated with Prime…

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WELCOMES NEW MEXICAN AMBASSADOR

His Excellency Oscar Esparza-Vargas, Ambassador of the United Mexican States, on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Gaston Browne, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda. Ambassador Esparza-Vargas is based in Saint Lucia, and is accredited to the Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). Prime Minister Browne welcomed the Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, and expressed his willingness to further cultivate the long-standing diplomatic relations between Antigua and Barbuda and Mexico, which were first established in 1984. He indicated that both countries should seek to…

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Prime Minister Gaston Browne Issues an Apology to the Rastafarian Community

Dear Members of the Rastafarian Community Long you suffered; long you endured. Your rejection of being made a slave to the British culture and your refusal to surrender your African heritage made you a threat to the colonial establishment. Rastafari, dreadlocks, ganja, Babylon and Zion made you outcasts and unacceptable. Not because you did wrong, but because you stood up for what you thought was your right. You would not be forced to abandon Africa that lived within you. You would not absorb the customs of those who tore you…

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Indian Minister of State and High Commissioner Pay Courtesy Visit to Prime Minister Gaston Browne

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, Prime Minister Gaston Browne received a courtesy call from the Honourable Mr. C.R. Chaudhary, India’s Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution. The visiting Minister was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner. During the meeting, PM Browne welcomed the Indian Delegation to the island of Antigua and engaged them with further talks of cooperation between the two countries. The Republic of India and Antigua and Barbuda established diplomatic relations in 1981, shortly after independence. Though the High Commission of India is located…

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA GOVERNMENT CHALLENGES US REPORT

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda has written to the U.S. State Department, through its Embassy in Washington, pointing out glaring misrepresentations in the Department’s 2017 Human Rights Report as it relates to Antigua and Barbuda. The Government informs that, “while it is not normal to release the content of its diplomatic communications with other governments, the State Department has publicly released its comments on Antigua and Barbuda and posted its report on the Internet”.  Therefore, the Government has to publish its response, “lest not controverting them is construed as…

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Prime Minister and Foreign Minister attend High Commission’s Barbuda Donors Appreciation Reception

The Honourable Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, the Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Immigration E.P. Chet Greene and the Honourable Minister of Housing, Lands and Urban Renewal, Maria Browne, met with donors who have contributed to the High Commission’s Rebuild Barbuda initiative. The appreciation reception formed part of the week of activities preceding the formal opening of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. The High Commission’s appeal raised in excess of £95,000 and saw seven 40-foot containers of relief items shipped to…

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PM Browne welcomes decision by UK to open British High Commission in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda will again be host to a British High Commission. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced on Thursday, 19th April its decision to establish a mission in Antigua and Barbuda a decade after closing its last mission in 2008. The United Kingdom is one of Antigua and Barbuda’s largest trading partners and one of the most important source markets for tourism. The two countries have enjoyed a long, rich history and the UK is considered a key ally and friend of the country. On receiving news of this…

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Barbuda By-Election Candidates Announced – Youthful Candidates

The following persons were duly nominated in Barbuda today and will contest the by-election, which will take place on the sister island on April 30th 2018.   Name   Occupation Political Party Calsey Beazer Educator Barbuda People’s Movement Ricardo Nedd Student Antigua Babuda Labour Party (ABLP) Primrose Thomas Waitress The Green Party   The by-election is being held to fill the seat left vacant by the Hon. Trevor Walker, who resigned on March 27th, following his victory at the March 21st polls. Mr. Walker now sits as the Member of…

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