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Saturday, November 26, 2022

Mia Mottley’s Political Timeline: Her Second Clean Sweep as Prime Minister of Barbados

Mia Mottley serves a second time as prime minister of Barbados.

In a snap election called nearly three weeks ago, Mottley won all 30 seats in an election with low voter turnout, a repeat of the 2018 election when her party, the Barbados Labour Party won all 30 seats, but one MP chose to serve in opposition, a week later.

She campaigned on the slogan, “It’s safer with Mia – stay the course.”

In her victory speech, Mottley said the election results would allow her government to “lead the country first to safety and then to prosperity” and will prepare Barbados for the challenges of the next 10 to 15 years.

The Democratic Labour Party argued that 5,600 Bajans in quarantine were disfranchised after they were not allowed to vote. Mottley has been criticized for her leadership during the pandemic, some calling her a dictator.

The big story

As prime minister, Mottley has been praised for her COP26 speech, breaking from the British Monarchy and leading the island-nation to a Republic, and for making international singer Rihanna a national hero.

The Opposition Party, the DLP governed Barbados between 2008 and 2018.

What it means

Barbados will not have an official opposition for the next five years.

Mottley’s Political Timeline

  1. Mia entered politics in 1991 at the age of 26
  2. In 1994, following the BLP’s victory in the general election, Mia was appointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture and at the age of 29, she became one of the youngest Barbadians ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio.
  3. She was elected General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party in 1996
  4. Mia was appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs in August 2001 and is the first female in Barbados to hold this position.
  5. In 2002, Mia served as Barbados’s second female Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Social Council of Barbados and the Deputy Chairman of Barbados’ Economic Council, a position she held until 2008
  6. She assumed leadership of the BLP in 2008 becoming the first female to lead the party and the Opposition but her position was revoked in 2010 in favour of former PM Owen Arthur
  7. She reportedly told a secondary school teacher that she will one day become the island’s first female Prime Minister         (Cited from Loop Barbados News)
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