Barbados is set to become a Parliamentary Republic in November, breaking away from the Queen as its head of state.
The island will have a non-executive president and the new plans are expected to commence on Nov. 30, which will mark its 55th year of independence.
The plans were announced by Prime Minister, Mia Mottley, as she addressed an event held in Jubilee Gardens, to commemorate the Day of National Significance.
Mottley said from Dec. 1, Barbados will start “the journey of the settlement of the new constitution of Barbados which will be the subject of extensive consultation and communication with the people of this nation”.
She said the next four months will see ongoing discussions into the historic plans. The talks will be led by the Republic Transition Advisory Committee.
Barbados will be following other Caribbean countries which opted for an indigenous head of state. Guyana became a republic in 1970, so too did Trinidad and Tobago in 1976 and Dominica in 1978.
In the early 19th century, Haiti became the world’s first black republic and the first independent Caribbean nation after overthrowing French colonial control and fighting long and hard for freedom from slavery. Haiti’s independence is said to have influenced many subsequent rebellions by those enslaved across the Caribbean.
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