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Senator Julian Francis on July 1, 2022. (Photo: Lance Neverson/Facebook)
Senator Julian Francis on July 1, 2022. (Photo: Lance Neverson/Facebook)
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Ten weeks after suffering a stroke, government Senator Julian Francis, 71, is “making the progress to be able to return to work at some time”.

Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said he came to that conclusion from speaking with Francis personally.

Gonsalves, 76, has taken over Francis’ urban development, energy, airports, seaports, Grenadines affairs and local government portfolios while he recuperates, after suffering a stroke on July 24.

Francis was taken to Barbados for medical attention then returned to St. Vincent a few weeks later. 

Gonsalves told the media last week that Francis is  doing physiotherapy on an ongoing basis and the physiotherapy is “coming along fine”. 

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The prime minister was speaking on Tuesday, one day after he said he had spoken to the minister, his cousin. 

“… he sounded on the phone like the old Julian. Full of chat and reminded me about this and that and, and so forth. 

“But  when you get a stroke and you’re doing physiotherapy, you have to get back your strength in your walking. … But, undoubtedly, we all miss him in the government, and I particularly miss him. 

“I had to carry his workload in addition to my workload. So it’s the nature of it. In the midst of life, we are in death and illness stalks us. We just have to work with it. And challenges do occur…” Gonsalves said. 

10 replies on “Julian ‘making the progress to be able to return to work at some time’”

  1. The senseless man does not know, fools do not understand, that though the wicked spring up like grass and all evildoers flourish, they will be for ever destroyed. Psalms 92 6-7.

  2. Why put pressure on him to return to a stressful job that requires one to be in the best of health? At 71, his best years are behind him. At 76, your best years are behind you as all can see from your poor decision-making in firing healthty government workers who sensibly did not follow the foolish and discredited vaccine mandate.
    Let the poor gentleman retire and get some rest. It is time all the older politicians make way for young vibrant people with fresh ldeas and approaches.

  3. Why do we have these old heads still in politics? These guys should be doing gardening or playing with their grandkids. What vision can they have when it’s already pass their time? We are in an ever changing world especially where technology is concern, and yet we gave these old heads power to preside over our nation and future. Give the younger generation a chance so we can move forward and not be stuck in the past.

  4. Well all I can say God don’t like ugly one thing we all know you can do as much as you like but not as long as you like.

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