23 January 2022

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley gets re-elected.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Thursday 20th January 2021 celebrated a landslide victory in the Caribbean nation's first general election since it became a republic last year by removing Britain's queen as sovereign head of state.

Mottley called the snap election in December, saying it would help promote unity as the government battled the coronavirus pandemic, which has heavily affected the tourism-focused economy.

Mottley told cheering supporters at the headquarters of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) won all 30 seats in the national legislature, according to reports and electoral maps published by local media. The party had previously held 29 seats following its landslide win in 2018.

On 30 November 1966, Barbados became an independent state and Commonwealth realm with Elizabeth II as Queen of Barbados. In October 2021, Sandra Mason was elected by Parliament to become the first President of Barbados. On 30 November 2021, Mason replaced Queen Elizabeth as head of state, with Barbados transitioning to a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

Source: www.reuters.com

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