Category: Barbados

Barbados: Prime Minister Mottley gets new mandate

The incumbent Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, received a new mandate in the 19 January 2022 general elections. Mottley and the Barbados Labor Party also got all the 30 seats in the Parliament after a sweeping landslide victory.

Mia Amor Mottley is the 8th Prime Minister of Barbados and the first woman to hold such position. She is also Barbados’ first prime minister under the republican system.

Mottley has been serving the country since 2018 and rose to international fame when she delivered her a speech at the Climate Summit (COP 26) and when she jettisoned the 95-year-old monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, as the head of state. Though declared as an independent country since 1966, Barbados transitioned to become a Republic in 30 November 2021 with a President as the new head of state.

The general elections was held 18 months ahead of the constitutional deadline. Based on the Constitution of Barbados, the Parliament shall stand dissolved no later than every five years from the first sitting of the Parliament. The previous general elections were held last 24 May 2018, and the first sitting of the new session of Parliament was held on 5 June 2018.

Mottley called for an early election to bring about unity in the country that was economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Observers also claim that the elections was a strategic move to counter the imminent coup to remove Ms. Mottley in office.