Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has brushed aside questions about the political future of ailing health minister, Julius Timothy, saying he was more concerned about Timothy’s health at the moment.
Timothy was recently airlifted to Martinique after suffering a stroke. He is said to be recovering well but still requires some attention with his speech.
With elections constitutionally due in just over a year, there is some speculation about whether Timothy will be well enough to contest the next general election.
There were reports that the DLP has been eyeing former Elite Umpire Billy Doctrove to contest the Roseau North Constituency, a rumour which he has denied.
Doctrove told state-owned DBS that he has been approached to contest on several occasions by all three major political parties over the years, but has given everybody the same answer, “I have no political ambitions. I have no interest in running for political office.”
When Prime Minister Skerrit was asked this week about Timothy’s political future, he brushed aside the matter saying swiftly, “My preoccupation about Timothy is his health. Elections and whether he will run is a matter for another time. It has not crossed my mind. He is the minister for health, the member of parliament for the Roseau North constituency.”
About Timothy’s health, PM Skerrit said, “He is fully energised. The only impediment is in effect to some words. He can speak. He can communicate by text messaging, email, he can speak on the phone…he knows people, he knows voices…he is seeking professional help for his voice….”