I don't see why some people are getting so paranoid over it (just by looking at the status updates). The community will always have to see changes, no matter how much gravity that 'change' is, otherwise nothing will happen. The former co-leader had to handle a situation that is beyond his control which requires him to take a break from the community. Give him a chance. At the end of the day, nothing is permanent.
Well done to those who received a promotion and I am looking forward to see what is spicing on the development side.