Four Months After Stroke, Rt. Hon. Musa Steps Down

[Linked Image]Turning now to some very major late breaking political news, Said Musa is retiring form Electoral politics. The announcement came a few minutes ago from the PUP in a release which says, quote, "Earlier this evening PUP Leader Hon. John Brice√Īo visited the Rt. Hon. Said Musa, who continues to make remarkable progress from a stroke.

Said Musa informed the leader that he has decided that the time has come to step aside as PUP Fort George Standard Bearer and make way for a young and competent leader to be selected as the PUP candidate."

In a letter to the residents of Fort George, the two-time former Prime Minister states that, "In view of the imminent date for the next general elections, it has been agreed that the new standard bearer is to be endorsed by the National Executive of the Party on the recommendation of the constituency Branch Executive."

It is a matter of great moment for Belize's political history; the Right Honourable Musa is a two term former Prime Minister and 8 term representative for Fort George. Mr Musa's stroke and the presence of COVID 19 were two major factors that led the 76 year old to step down.

Rt. Hon. Saidís Departure - The End Of a Long Run

We close with another look at the biggest news of the night. 8 term area representative and two term Prime Minister said Musa has denied to step down. The major decision comes four months after he suffered a stroke in the first week fo May. And that long interval is clearly a suggestion that Musa had hoped to run once more time - but with possibly 60 days left to go before the general election, he has - for his own reasons - decided that he won't be able to, or would rather not.

A release from the PUP says that he informed party leader John Briceno, quote "that he has decided that the time has come to step aside as PUP Fort George Standard Bearer and make way for a young and competent leader to be selected as the PUP candidate." A letter to the residents of Fort George, says, quote,"In view of the imminent date for the next general elections, it has been agreed that the new standard bearer is to be endorsed by the National Executive of the Party on the recommendation of the constituency Branch Executive." And the burning question in the PUP tonight is who will that standard bearer be? Then heir apparent is his son, party and Fort George divisional chairman Henry Charles Usher. But, there are no clear indications tonight - after this announcement that was anticipated months ago, but just dropped tonight. As Musa retires Fort George is considered one of the safest seats in the country.

We will follow developments with interest.

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