Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley breaks up with the Queen to win the second landslide

By Recardo Mendez Published on January 20, 2022
Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley breaks up with the Queen to win the second landslide

Mia Mottley, who gained international fame at last year’s Cop26 Climate Change Conference and oversaw the breakup with the Queen of Barbados, won her second term as Prime Minister of the Caribbean.

Fifty-six-year-old Barbados The Labor Party (BLP) won all 30 seats out of 29 in 2018 in an election hurt by complaints that thousands of Covid-positive Bajans were denied voting.

Mottley received international attention last year. She accused world leaders in Cop26 And her government of Abandoned the Queen as head of state while installing the singer Rihanna as an official national hero.


She also has star power at home, known only by her first name. Her clean sweep victory suggests that voters did not blame her for a 90% drop in island tourism revenue during her first truncated semester due to a Covid pandemic.

An 11-hour attempt to stop voting failed on Tuesday night in the country High Court ruling there was no jurisdiction to postpone the elections that took place amid the growing number of Omicron cases.

Opposition candidate Philippe Katrin, who filed the case, claimed that 5,600 isolated people had been deprived of their rights after being banned from voting at polling stations. Anyone who tests positive on 287,000 islands should wear a tracking bracelet to prevent quarantine.


Voting started on Wednesday, so the Portuguese government announced Measures to allow people infected with Covid to vote in the country’s general election later this month to fuel unfair accusations.


After the midnight curfew in Barbados was lifted, many people celebrated early Thursday outside BLP’s headquarters in the capital, Bridgetown.


In a victorious speech, Mottley said the landslide victory would allow the government to “lead the country to safety first and then prosperity” and prepare Barbados for the “next 10 to 15 years” plan. ..These include climate change Antibacterial resistance, She said.


Heating the earth poses an existential threat to Barbados. Last year, the island was hit by a hurricane and storm for the first time in 65 years. Almost 500 lightning strikes 1 minute to the space and a waterfall of volcanic ash from the adjacent St. Vincent.

While Barbados relies on long-distance flights and polluted cruise ships for most of its economy, Mottley is a breakout star in Cop26, entrusting world leaders with a random mission to climate change.

At the final BLP rally on Tuesday, Barbados climate change ambassador Liz Thomas said: Reminded the crowd US President Joe Biden, Walk hand in hand With Mottley: “Whites around the world tell me: how do I get a Barbados passport? Caribbean people tell us:” How can I get Mia Motley? Can you do it?”

After a second landslide, Mottley promised to uphold the values of Barbados’ first post-independence prime minister, Errol Barrow.

Despite the BLP’s triumph, Cynthia Barougiles, a professor of constitutional governance and politics at the University of the West Indies, believes that Mottley, who imposed republicanism without a referendum, kept some voters away from the BLP. I did.

“People were so angry that they didn’t consult with the Prime Minister. They see it as an authoritarian tendency and dictatorial,” she said. Barrow in Fars and colleagues polled Bajan, and only a minority wanted to keep the British monarch as head of state, but most opposed the lack of consultation.

BLP’s lengthy manifesto made many eye-catching promises, including the construction of 10,000 homes and investment in the medical cannabis industry. Still, Mottley’s second phase was due to the recovery and diversification of the Bajan economy after Covid. It may be dominated. According to Baro Gilles, as part of a loan agreement with the International Monetary Fund, the Barbados government needs to achieve a surplus of 6% of GDP, leading to austerity policies.

One of Mottley’s concerns is also dealing with the ageing of Barbados through immigration. She wants to attract more “digital nomads” to the island and bring back the Bajan diaspora. On the campaign trail, the island has repeatedly stated that it “has not replaced the population since 1980.”

The Democratic Labor Party, the primary opponent of Barbados between 2008 and 2018, has campaigned against the BLP’s one-party system. Voters are not convinced, and Barbados will not oppose the official opposition for five years.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley breaks up with the Queen to win the second landslide.

Recardo Mendez

Recardo Mendez

Sports Reporter

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