AFC’s Sheila Holder bows out of Election Race

AFC’s Sheila Holder bows out of Election Race

(Demerara Waves) Friday, 09 September 2011

The Alliance For Change’s (AFC) Prime Ministerial candidate, Sheila Holder on Friday announced that she was dropping out of the 2011 elections race due to ill health.

“My decision to withdraw now is because I will need urgent treatment, during the most intense period of the 2011 elections campaign which is imminent,” she said in a statement.

She did not disclose the nature of her illness.

Following is the full text of her statement:  

My fellow Guyanese, brothers, sisters and friends I wish thank you for your belief in me and the change I stand for.

“I wish to inform you, that due to my medical condition, which will require urgent treatment overseas for the next few months, I have informed my colleagues in the leadership of the AFC that I have decided to withdraw from the Prime Ministerial Candidacy of the Party, with immediate effect.

“While I am withdrawing for health reasons, my doctors are optimistic that I should be well enough to resume my political work in just a few months, I eagerly look forward to that moment.

“My decision to withdraw now is because I will need urgent treatment, during the most intense period of the 2011 elections campaign which is imminent.

“The Leadership of the AFC will soon unveil the process by which we will choose my replacement.  I firmly believe that we will choose the best possible Prime Ministerial Candidate who will gain my full support.

Fellow Guyanese, the mission of change is my passion. I ask you to be steadfast, believe in yourself, your power and your work for change, this will keep me motivated for a fast recovery.”

Demerara Waves Online News was told that her announcement now paves the way for for the National Executive or an agreed mechanism to approve Raphael Trotman to run alongside presidential candidate, Khemraj Ramjattan.

Holder, 65, has in recent months been hospitalized locally.

She is currently in the United States (US) where she is receiving advanced care and treatment with the expectation that she would make a full recovery.

Trotman, who had previously declined the prime ministerial candidacy at the AFC’s National Conference in October 2010 because of personal reasons, is already on the campaign trail again.

When contacted, he said his increased visibility in Linden and Berbice in recent weeks is in keeping with a pledge to join the campaign as election day draws closer.

Guyanese could go to the polls to elect a government of their choice some time after November 14 when the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is expected to conclude preparations.

Also view this later entry:

AFC’s Sheila Holder dies

November 20, 2011 – Demerara Waves

Vice Chairman of the Alliance For Change, Sheila Holder died tonight after losing a battle with stomach cancer, a senior party official confirmed.

Up to the afternoon, Khemraj Ramjattan hinted that she had been in a critical condition.

Ahead of a formal statement by the AFC, party leader Raphael Trotman told Demerara Waves Online News ( ) that:

“The Party is in deep pain and sorrow tonight as we have lost our sister, colleague, comrade and friend. We refused to believe that her illness would lead to untimely death even though knowing the gravity of the illness.

“Her indomitable spirit will live on. The timing of her death is significant as it comes on the very eve of elections. The AFC will dedicate its campaign and victory to the life and works of Sheila Holder. She would have wanted us to push ahead.”   Read more

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  • vee barr  On 09/10/2011 at 6:00 pm

    Bowing out suggests defeat.

    From what I am reading, Ms. Holder is leaving to attend to a personal medical emergency.

    Let’s give her the civility that type of situation demands.

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