As preliminary results from Barbados’ first general election since becoming a republic last year trickled in late Wednesday, Prime Minister Mia Mottley appeared to be on the verge of a resounding win.
The news: Mottley’s Barbados Labor Party (BLP) had 29 of the 30 seats in the national legislature going into the election, and the prime minister was easily re-elected in one of the first constituencies to be announced.
- Overnight, results trickled in, and estimates on local television suggested the BLP was on its way to a resounding triumph over the opposition.
- In December, Mottley called a snap election, claiming that it would help promote unity as the government battled the coronavirus pandemic, which has wreaked havoc on the tourism industry.
- According to latest official data, almost 5,000 persons out of a population of just under 300,000 were placed in isolation after being ill.
The former British colony gained independence in 1966, but Queen Elizabeth remained as the country’s ceremonial head of state until November 30 of last year. President Sandra Mason took her place.