A teary-eyed Asot Michael has been returned to the Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda but in a new capacity. He has been appointed Minister responsible for Investment and Trade and not Tourism as he previously held.
Michael was fired by Prime Minister Gaston Browne last year after he was arrested by authorities in the United Kingdom. Michael wept as he took the oaths of allegiance, office, and secrecy.
There are four newcomers in the Cabinet, among them Dean Jonas who served as Deputy Speaker in the last term and Lennox Weston who will sit in the Lower House for the first time.
The other newcomers are Maria Browne, the prime minister’s wife and Daryl Matthew both of whom are new to the political scene. There was no place in the cabinet for Londell Benjamin who won the Rural West seat in a close contest.
Earlier today Gaston Browne was sworn in as prime minister and minister for finance and Steadroy Cutie Benjamin as Attorney General.
The most notable change is the appointment of EP Chet Greene as Minister for Foreign Affairs.
See the full list of Cabinet portfolios below.
Sir Robin Yearwood: Senior Minister responsible for Public Utilities, Civil Aviation and Energy
Molwyn Joseph: Minister for Health, Wellness and the Environment
EP Chet Greene: Minister for Foreign Affairs, International Trade, and Immigration
Samantha Marshall: Social Transformation, Human Resource, Youth, and Gender Affairs
Charles Max Fernandez: Tourism and Economic Development
Melford Nicholas: Information, Broadcasting, Telecommunications and Information technology
Dean Jonas: Agriculture, Fisheries, and Barbuda Affairs
Michael Browne: Education, Science, and Technology
Asot Michael: Minister of Investment and Trade
Lennox Weston: Minister of Works and Minister of State in the Ministry Finance and Corporate Governance
Daryl Matthew: Sports, Culture, National Festivals and the Arts
Maria Browne: Housing Lands and Urban Renewal and Minister of State in Legal Affairs, Immigration and Labour
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