Friday, 25 May 2018

Caribbean island of Barbados elects Mia Mottley as first woman prime minister

The Caribbean island of Barbados has elected its first woman prime minister since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.

Mia Mottley led her Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a crushing victory over the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

Ms Mottley, a 52-year-old lawyer, is reported to have once told a teacher at her secondary school that she would become the country's first female PM.

The BLP won all 30 seats up for grabs in the House of Assembly.

The DLP has governed the popular tourist paradise for the past 10 years, most recently under Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.

Speaking shortly after it became apparent that the BLP would form the next government, Ms Mottley said: "I want to thank you the people in particular. This victory is not mine, this victory is not the Labour Party's."

BBC     News.

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