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Barbados chooses Queen’s replacement

Regional 07 Sep, 2021 Follow News

Dame Sandra Mason will be president of Barbados soon

Barbados has named Dame Sandra Mason to replace Britain’s Queen Elizabeth as its head of state. This is ground-breaking plus the fact that two black women are occupying the top positions there for the first time.

On Nov. 30, Independence Day, Barbados will switch from being simply an independent nation since 1966 to a full-fledged republic with its own head of state.

Dame Sandra moves up from Governor General (the Queen’s representative in Barbados) to become the country’s first ceremonial president. The governing Barbados Labour Party (BLP) announced that Dame Sandra, a former leading judge, has agreed to become the first titular head of state when the constitutional change is made, meaning that she would serve alongside the island’s first woman Prime Minister in attorney Mia Mottley.

This development has spurred regional historians into researching whether this has ever happened even briefly in the 15-nation bloc of mostly former British colonies.

Mottley’s BLP had in mid-2018 swept all 30 parliamentary seats in general elections, giving it the political clout to achieve an ambition that had long been held by both of the island’s two major parties.

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