Barbados Becomes Republic, Anoints First President

Barbados has elected its first-ever president on Wednesday as it prepares to become a republic. 

The announcement came from Speaker of the House of Assembly, Arthur Holder, in a joint meeting of both Houses of Parliament at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

Barbados’ first president, Dame Sandra Mason, would be sworn on November 30, which would mark the 55th anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain. 

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said she hoped the election of Mason as the first President of Barbados would lead to greater unity of purpose in the fight against several external threats that could impact the way of life on the island.

“If ever there was a time that this nation needs to bind itself together; if ever there was a time we must move from a ‘covenant of hope’ to a confidence necessary, it is now,” Mottley said.

Mottley also described the vote as a “seminal moment” for the nation.

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