Meet the Antigua and Barbuda Parliament Member, Asot Michael

Asot Antony Michael wasn’t born into politics. As a teenage boy, he was drawn to the theatre, specifically ballet and opera. He loved the disciplines and, at the age of thirteen, formed his first ballet company. Asot Michael soon became a teacher and reaped the rewards of a talented and caring student body. The Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party was a centre-left party that came to power in January 1983. Its manifesto was based on what was then considered the most important tenets of liberalism and Marxism. Michael’s mother was a trade unionist. His father was a respected family member, serving as a minister in the central government.

 

Michael joined the Antigua and Barbuda Labour Party in the early 1990s. He became active in trade unionism, the largest and most influential organization in Antigua. He founded the Antigua and Barbuda People’s United Party in 1998 and became its leader in 2008. The honorable politician Asot Michael rose to become one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most popular politicians, who succeeded in establishing a seat for himself in the 2010 election. Asot Michael is considered as one of Antigua and Barbuda’s brightest political minds. In 2006, Michael was elected as a Councillor for the Newtown West Ward in Saint John in the Parliamentary elections. 

 

As a politician, he was very vocal in addressing the island’s crime, which still plays an influential role in today’s Antigua and Barbuda. With independence in 2007, Asot Michael was one of the key figures to ensure that Antigua and Barbuda successfully achieved their independence. In 2011, Asot Michael was elevated to the position of Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations, and Employment Creation in Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer’s Cabinet (Pinterest). 

Asot Michael is one of the most influential people in Antigua and Barbuda. He pursued his degree from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus, Barbados, with Business Administration and Political Science degrees, graduating in 1992. He was Director of Elections for the United Progressive Party from 1999-2005. Asot Michael’s official biography on Parliament.gov.bt described his parents as “social justice” driven and resilient people. Michael has two brothers who are both in the cabinet: Samuel and Lance. The author knew the oldest brother as a man of a distinguished family who had made the larger Antigua-Barbuda community proud. As a young man, Michael was politically involved, and when he was 27 years old, he became a founding member of the Antigua Labour Party.