Mia Mottley Hopes for Win in Snap Election After Leading Barbados to Republic
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Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley is hoping that her internationally acclaimed profile will translate to a win at the polls on Wednesday.
Mottley called an early election last month and has been campaigning on the slogan, “It’s safer with Mia – stay the course.”
Mottley was praised for her COP26 speech, divorcing Queen Elizabeth to become a Republic, and for making singer Rihanna a national hero.
However, some have opposed her leadership. She received backlash during the pandemic and some called her a dictator.
The Democratic Labour Party led by Verla De Peiza accused her of depriving more than 5,500 Bajans of voting while they are in quarantine, as the country battles the Omicron variant.
Lucille Moe, a former minister who was sacked by Mottley, has sided with the opposition. “She is autocratic and does not allow anyone to have an opposing view or opinion. Everyone must be in the Mia Mottley choir,” Moe said.
The Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which she leads, won all 30 seats in the 2018 election and is now attempting to repeat history on Wednesday.
Voting begins at 6 a.m. on Wednesday and the polls will close at 6 p.m.