ANTIGUA-POLITICS-Minister says data used to judge his performance flawed.


Agriculture Minister, Dean Jonas, says Prime Minister Gaston Browne may have had wrong information when he gave him an ultimatum to either 'either shape up or ship out'.

Browne speaking on a radio programme here over the last weekend, said he was putting his embattled Agriculture Minister 'under public notice that he either shape up or ship out' following public accusations that Jonas, had not met the goals in the ministry since his appointment one and half year ago.

But Jonas in a separate interview told radio listeners that Prime Minister Browne may have taken his position based on flawed information.

'Well I think the comment was...totally wrong,' Jonas said, adding that Browne had provided him with data 'that clearly was wrong'.

He quoted Prime Minister Browne as saying that the information had been provided by a senior official in the Ministry of Agriculture.

'What I wanted to point out is that the report card as suggested by the Prime Minister (based) on the information that he got was totally flawed and this is why I can say that his assessment of my performance in the ministry may have been flawed based on that information ...that was totally flawed as well.'

Jonas said that in his discussions with Prime Minister...

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