by Robert Emmanuel (Antigua Observer) Newly appointed Political Leader of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Jamale Pringle and the four opposition senators were officially sworn in yesterday at Government House.
Pringle, who retained his seat in Parliament representing the constituency of All Saints East and St Luke in last week’s election, was once again sworn in as Leader of the Opposition.
Pringle will now have the task of leading a stronger opposition bench in the House of Representatives. Opposition members now number eight, including five recently elected UPP candidates, plus Barbuda’s MP Trevor Walker, and former Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) member Asot Michael.
Meanwhile, UPP General Secretary Shawn Nicholas, unsuccessful candidate for the St Mary’s North constituency, Johnathan Joseph, unsuccessful candidate for St Philip’s North, Alex Browne, and Antigua and Barbuda Workers’ Union (ABWU) General Secretary, David Massiah, were appointed senators.
Nicholas, Joseph and Massiah have all previously served as senators with Shawn Nicholas holding a role since 2013, Johnathan Joseph serving as senator since 2018, and David Massiah from 2009-2014.