Sir Lester press conference pushed back

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Former Prime Minister Sir Lester Bird had to postpone an announcement he had planned to make yesterday after the post-Cabinet press briefing.
The invitation to the media came Wednesday night from Lionel “Max” Hurst, government’s chief of staff.
It stated that Sir Lester “will read a statement and answer questions of reporters … This will take place in the Senior Minister’s Office in the PM office building. All are invited.”
However, on arrival at his office for the 9 a.m. event yesterday, a worker told OBSERVER media that the senior politician put off the event, tentatively for Saturday, because he was feeling unwell.
Several people at the prime minister’s office suggested that Sir Lester’s announcement had to do with his future in politics and whom he plans to support to take up the Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) mantle in the St. John’s Rural East constituency.
The former two-term prime minister is still the sitting member of parliament for that constituency, despite failing health and a lack of mobility. His niece, Maria Bird-Browne, wife of Prime Minister Gaston Browne, recently announced interest in succeeding her uncle.
In November, Sir Lester said that he felt disrespected when Prime Minister Browne announced that he, Sir Lester, would not be allowed to run again due to his health issues.
Sir Lester said that only he should make such an announcement.

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