The Prime Minister of Barbados, Mia Mottley, has announced snap elections for the January 19, 2022 after formally becoming a republic at the end of November, renouncing the British monarchy and achieving its independence.
“Earlier this evening I met with Sandra Mason, President of Barbados and advised her to dissolve the current Parliament of Barbados with immediate effect. In addition, I warned her that she, not on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen, but in her own right as President of the Republic of Barbados, issue a court order for the holding of the new elections in Barbados, ”Mottley said in a statement that has posted on his official Twitter profile.
In addition, Mottley He has assured that he will speak with the health authorities to offer the necessary protocols and hold the elections safely in the middle of the pandemic against COVID-19, to which he has referred throughout the speech.
Mottley has also added that he will hold meetings with the opposition to ensure early elections.
The prime minister has said that this decision has been produced by the “concern” produced by the division in the country and has appealed to citizens to “unite around a common cause, a single government and a single Leader”.
The general elections, which were scheduled for 2023, will be the first since Barbados became a republic on November 30, according to local media.
Barbados is the last country to renounce the Queen of England as head of state and follows in the footsteps of other nations such as Mauritius, who disbanded in 1992; Trinidad and Tobago, which did the same in 1976; Dominica, in 1978 or Guyana, who became independent in 1970.
To make the proclamation of the republic official, a Great Cultural Celebration was held in which the authorities of the Caribbean nation, the representative of the British Royal House and even personalities from Barbados’ public life, such as the singer, were present. Robyn Rihanna Fenty, better known as Rihanna, picked up the local press.
The decision to renounce the monarchy and opt for the republic was made a year ago. “The time has come to leave our colonial past behind,” Prime Minister Mia Mottley announced then.
It is our definitive declaration of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving ”, he added.
Queen Elizabeth II recognized Barbados as a country “legitimately proud” of its culture and heritage, while the Prince of Wales, Charles of England, said, after hearing the news, that it is time for the United Kingdom to “leave behind the colonial past ”.
The Barbados Labor Party (BLP), with Mia Mottley at the helm, he won a landslide victory in the general elections held in May 2018 by winning 30 seats, according to the Electoral Commission, after a crushing defeat of the prime minister, Freundel Stuart, and his Democratic Labor Party (DLP).