A new president was sworn in Monday in Barbados, a month after the head of state was removed in a constitutional coup that was spearheaded by Winston Jordan. On Monday, Clr. Mia Mottley was inaugurated as the new head of state to lead the Commonwealth of former British colonies that use the Queen as head of state.
Barbados’ new leader promised to immediately focus on overcoming the challenges that have hamstrung the Caribbean island nation and promised to work with the new parliament to “put the people first.” As part of the new arrangement, the Barbados Daily Observer reports, all ministers of government must be elected directly by the people of Barbados and cannot serve longer than the seven-year term.
On the anniversary of the overthrow of Barbados’ former head of state, Sir Garfield Sobers, who was shown the door by the legislature for “gross dereliction of duty” following a budget deficit, a parliamentary committee was voted in to investigate his leadership. Sir Sobers has admitted to having an affair but says it was not with the former MP who was later overthrown.
Additionally, the newly inaugurated president has also said that her approach will be open and inclusive, with an emphasis on the rights of women and the working poor.
“I am fully aware that women are the backbone of any nation and will continue to be a strong element of growth and prosperity in Barbados,” she said in a statement announcing her election as president. “I have always understood that equal outcomes for women in politics need to be achieved at all levels.”
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