Former prime minister Patrick Manning is not ready to make public appearances.
And he needs more time before publicly speaking about his health and his future in politics, Manning told the Express in a brief telephone interview yesterday.
It was the first time Manning was speaking to the media since his return home on Tuesday night and his voice was soft and frail.
Manning said, "I will be staying out of the limelight for a bit."
Asked about how he felt about his return, Manning said, "I will let you know in due course."
Manning returned to his Sumadh Gardens, Vistabella, home after spending almost six months in the United States undergoing medical treatment. He was transferred to a hospital in Washington, DC, two weeks after he suffered a stroke on January 23.
The cost of his treatment was funded by the State at around US$91,000.
Scores of supporters greeted him at Piarco International Airport on Tuesday night, displaying placards about Manning and the People's National Movement (PNM), the party he once led.
His wife Hazel Manning, who accompanied him, said on Wednesday, "We are very happy to be back home." She said they both needed additional rest. She said no special plans were made for his homecoming.
Members of his San Fernando East constituency welcomed Manning with open arms and said they were looking forward to possible changes.
San Fernando Mayor Dr Navi Muradali said he was looking forward to working with him, adding that his return "will assist with the development of the city".