Barbados PM back on the job

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday August 31, 2010 – Barbados’ Prime Minister David Thompson has returned to work after almost two months on leave, but he has admitted that he’s still not in the best of health.

“I certainly cannot say my health challenges are over, but it is nice to be home,” he said, in a statement issued from his official residence yesterday, a day after arriving in Barbados with his family.

“I propose to spend the next few days in briefing sessions with members of the Cabinet, senior public officers and close advisers. I suspect that before long, I will have reason to speak to the nation on a range of pertinent issues,” he added.

The 48-year-old Thompson in July announced that he was taking two months leave and was going overseas to address health issues. He was to resume his role as head of the country tomorrow, September 1st, but returned two days early.

In his absence, Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart led the government while backbencher Adriel Brathwaite served as Attorney General as Stuart functioned as acting Prime Minister. Thompson thanked both men for their service.

He also expressed gratitude to residents of the country, on behalf of his family, for their support.

“Mara, the children and I wish first to thank the people of Barbados for their unceasing prayers and expressions of love, support and well wishes. I am here through the grace of Almighty God,” Thompson said in his statement.

The Barbadian leader had reported to the country back in May that he had been suffering stomach pains since two months prior. The nature of his illness has still not been made public.