Lara: PM Row­ley has my full sup­port

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL - By Joel Julien

Cricket leg­end Brian Lara is bat­ting for Prime Min­is­ter Dr Keith Row­ley and hopes he is able to se­cure two con­sec­u­tive terms in of­fice. Lara, how­ever, has re­mained tight-lipped on whether that sup­port will be made ev­i­dent by him join­ing Row­ley’s Cab­i­net as Sport Min­is­ter.

Lara, a dou­ble world record holder in cricket, was among those present at Queen’s Hall in St Ann’s on Wed­nes­day to wit­ness first-hand the swear­ing-in of Row­ley as the coun­try’s sev­enth prime min­is­ter.

He is call­ing on cit­i­zens to rally around Row­ley for the sake of the coun­try.

“We have a new leader now, new ideas, and I want to wish him the best and I just want him to know he has my full sup­port.

“I think all lead­ers need full sup­port, so it is re­ally good that the coun­try has turned out and said to the rest of the world or said to them­selves that lis­ten, we want some­body new, so it is amaz­ing just to be in this en­vi­ron­ment and I am very touched by ac­tu­ally what is go­ing on.

“They have a great re­spon­si­bil­ity in a very sup­pressed sit­u­a­tion, so his true lead­er­ship has to come out,” Lara said.

Fa­tima’s pride: Re­tired star West Indies bats­man Brian Lara, cen­tre, chats with pupils from his alma

mater Fa­tima Col­lege, fol­low­ing Wed­nes­day’s swear­ing-in cer­e­mony at Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s. —

Photo: CURTIS CHASE

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