Prime Minister Gaston Browne is adamant that St. Peter MP Asot Michael will not contest the next general elections on an Antigua Labour Party (ALP) ticket.
Responding to the recent court ruling in Michael’s favour, Browne says that Michael did not “win” anything. All that has happened, he says, is that Michael “has delayed the disciplinary action to be [taken] against him.”
However, Browne says, the ALP will follow the due process to have Michael replaced in St. Peter for the upcoming polls.
Michael has complained that his party wants him out so badly that the Browne Administration has neglected St. Peter.
Responding to this allegation, Works Minister Lennox Weston has advised Michael to use his personal funds – which he alleges were acquired under the Labour Party – to fix up his constituency.
Last week, it was reported that High Court Judge Jan Drysdale refused an application to strike out proceedings brought by Michael, and discharge the long-standing injunction against ALP’s executive members.
Justice Drysdale ruled that the interim injunction shall continue until the substantive matter is determined or set aside.
This is the third time in less than 18 months that the High Court has prevented the Labour Party’s executive arm from disciplining the St. Peter MP and banning him from meetings. In November 2020, the court restrained the party’s general secretary and other executive members from proceeding with a campaign to sideline Michael through several “disciplinary” actions.