The newest Republic on the Caribbean Island, Barbados is set to hold its first-ever general elections on January 19. For the first time in the Island’s history, women leaders will lead the two major political parties.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, head of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) will face off with the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) nominee Verla De Peiza. Though the polls were due in 2023, Mottley reasoned Barbados should not start the New Year “as a divided nation”.
Barbados, Now A Republic
After 400 years of colonialism, Barbados has finally become a republic, severing its ties with the United Kingdom on November 30 and it will remain to be the country’s independence day, in remembrance of the father of independence, the Right Excellent Errol Walton Barrow.
Prime Minister Mia Mottley also designated the pop star, Rihanna, as the national hero saying, “May you continue to shine like a diamond and bring honour to your nation.”