Antigua PM: Bring the evidence and I will step down

Antigua PM: Bring the evidence and I will step down

Prime Minister Gaston Browne has promised to “resign forthwith”, if those who allege that his wife’s charity benefitted from public funds provide the evidence to prove this, Antigua Observer has reported.

According to the publication, Browne raised the issue of his resignation in parliament on Friday.

In February, the government said it would pump more money into the controversial Venture Capital Fund in which Maria Browne would play a key role through her charity, Share Incorporated.

The funds were to be increased from $2 million to $5 million due to the overwhelming interest of young entrepreneurs.

There have been allegations of impropriety, but Prime Minister Browne has declared that he is fed up with the untrue claims.

He  alleged that the detractors have also written to the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) and the Financial Services Regulatory Commission and copied the international community to say he has “taken” $5 million of public funds and “put it into” his wife’s charity.

Browne has threatened legal action if the allegations persist.

The PM insisted that the intention is not to stifle free speech but rather to “take money off of them and let it hurt”, otherwise the claims would continue, Antigua Observer said.

 

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