Investment and Trade Minister Asot Michael says that he has no plans to resign as a Member of Parliament representing the St. Peter constituency.
He told OBSERVER media that “the people of St. Peter will determine my fate,” and no one else.
Michael’s comment come as opposition members demand that he resign and allow for a by-election because he has been fingered in a bribery scandal with U.K. property tycoon Peter Virdee.
On Tuesday, he resigned from his post as Minister of Investment and Trade due to the same scandal, and he said he stepped down to avoid further distraction.
His resignation takes effect today.
Michael, who is no stranger to corruption scandals, said he will continue to serve his constituents and the nation and work with the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party.
He has not been charged with any offence, but recordings of calls intercepted by German law enforcement reveal questionable practices, which have been flagged as possible bribery.
This latest development comes seven months after Michael was fired from his post as Energy Minister
after he was arrested in the U.K. for questioning in connection with this very matter.
He was re-elected in March this year and given a new position in the Cabinet of Prime Minister Gaston Browne.