Leave me as Leader

Lester Bird, says he will continue to lead the party despite “anxieties” among supporters regarding his health and age.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, Sept 19 – Leader of the main opposition Antigua Labour Party (ALP), Lester Bird, says he will continue to lead the party despite “anxieties” among supporters regarding his health and age.

“I am still very much able to perform the tasks of the Leader and would step aside the moment my doctors felt that such tasks were likely to exceed my limitations,” said Bird, 74, the island’s second prime minister.

In a statement, Bird said there would be a retreat of party leaders on September 30, “in an effort to iron out many of the difficult issues that have caused some anxiety among supporters.

“We are in the process of preparing the constituencies for a Convention in the latter part of November 2012, and placing the right men and women in the appropriate slots as candidates very shortly afterwards.”

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