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New opposition leader appointed in Anguilla

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

THE VALLEY, Anguilla: With general elections in Anguilla just under 11 months away, the appointment of Hubert Hughes as Opposition Leader has been revoked. He has been replaced by Edison Baird.

The appointment was made on Monday by Acting Governor Mr. Mark Capes, acting in accordance with the provisions of the Anguilla Constitution, and following discussions with each member of the Opposition in the House of Assembly.

According to a release from Government House, the decision to revoke Hubert Hughes' appointment as Leader of the Opposition came about following receipt of confirmation that Albert Hughes, Elected Member for West End had transferred his support in the House of Assembly from Hubert Hughes to Edison Baird.

Albert Hughes resigned from the Hubert Hughes-led Anguilla United Movement (AUM) party on May 4, effectively removing Hubert Hughes� two seat majority in the Opposition Bench.

In citing reasons for his departure, Albert Hughes said it had been obvious for some time now that the AUM party was not supportive of him being a candidate for the 2005 poll.

Albert Hughes continued: �This saddens me, as I am a very productive elected representative in my constituency. I was very loyal to the party and its leader and have been given no reason for the apparent indecisiveness.

Hughes said he had heard that there was talk in the air with regards to his health, but to his knowledge he had not issued an official medical report to the party or to the public.

Albert Hughes has indicated that he will be contesting the next general election constitutionally due by the first quarter next year.

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