Asot Michael: The Man Elected To Parliament by Antigua and Barbuda

Asot Michael graduated in Economics from the University of the West Indies in 1988 and pursued his Masters in Public Policy at American University. In 1992, he helped establish the Economic and Social Policy Research Centre, and in 1999, he co-founded Antigua and Barbuda’s first social media portal. After the creation of his own political party in 2011, Asot Michael was elected to Antigua and Barbuda’s parliament as a member of the Progressive Labour Party (PLP) in 2013. The PLP is a conservative party that supports free-market capitalism, including private property rights. Michael is now the leader of the People’s Alliance, a right-wing political party that he founded in 2011 and led until 2014.

 

Michael was elected as the first resident Antigua and Barbuda politician to a national office. He was selected as the representative for St. Peter, Montserrat, and was the first Antiguan politician to have dual citizenship and to also be Antiguan and Barbuda’s ambassador to the UK. He is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and actor and recently released a solo album titled “On My Way Home”. Asot Michael has been the longest serving Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party member, first winning the constituency of St. John’s East on August 22, 1996. Michael served as President of the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party from 2005 to 2006, and has been the Antigua and Barbuda Minister for Agriculture and Labour from 2007 to 2011. 

Asot Michael has also served as the first Antigua and Barbuda Attorney General from 2001 to 2003, and the Acting Prime Minister for a brief period. In addition, Michael has worked as a marketing consultant and as director of the Antigua and Barbuda National Lotteries Authority and as the director of community tourism, tourism promoter and music producer. He is known for being the longest serving cabinet minister in the country’s history, holding the position of the Minister of Education. On May 30th 2018, the honorable politician Asot Michael announced the formation of a new party, named The United Progressive Party, alongside a small group of MPs. Asot Michael was elected unopposed to the House of Representatives in 2014 and reelected in 2015, representing the constituency of St John’s South East.