Barbados elects first head of state, replacing Queen Elizabeth – .

Barbados elects first head of state, replacing Queen Elizabeth – .

The people of Barbados and its government were “aware that we are not going without concern on the part of some, but with absolute determination that at 55 we have to know who we are, we have to live who we are, we have to be who we are. , ” she said.

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason was born on January 17, 1949 in St. Philip, Barbados. She was educated on the island at Queen’s College, attended the University of the West Indies, and was the first woman from Barbados to graduate from Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago.

In the early 1990s, Ms. Mason served as Ambassador to Venezuela, Chile, Colombia and Brazil. In 2008, she became the first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeal.

Ambassador Noel Lynch, whose appointment as Barbados’ representative in Washington, DC, had to be approved by the Queen, said in an interview that Ms Mason’s judicial experience made her “well acquainted” with the work. that must be done as a nation. transition to a republic.

Ms. Mason’s election is also notable as the prime minister and head of state will soon be Barbadian women. “Even though this is mostly a ceremonial,” Lynch said in an interview, “you have to trust if the President and the Prime Minister trust each other”.

After being sworn in, Ms. Mason will become the ceremonial chef of an island facing labor shortages, the effects of climate change and economic hardship due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on her tourism sector, said the Prime Minister. .

In her speech after the parliamentary vote, Ms Mottley said the real work would begin the day after the island became a full-fledged republic.


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