Mottley Wins Second Term As The Prime Minister Of Barbados
The Guardian|January 21, 2022
Mia Mottley, who gained international fame during the Cop26 climate talks and oversaw Barbados’s break with the Queen last year, has won a second term as the Caribbean nation’s prime minister.
Helen Pidd

The Barbados Labour party (BLP) won all 30 seats , up from 29 in 2018 in an election marred by complaints that thousands of Covid-positive Bajans were denied a vote.

Mottley, 56, came to international attention last year when she castigated global leaders at Cop26 in Glasgow and her government jettisoned the Queen as head of state , installing the singer Rihanna as an official national hero at the same time. She also has star power at home, where she is known by her first name . The clean-sweep victory suggests voters did not blame her for the island’s tourism revenues falling by 90% during her truncated first term due to the Covid pandemic.

An 11th hour attempt to stop the poll failed on Tuesday night when the country’s high court ruled it had no jurisdiction to postpone the election, which took place amid rising Omicron cases.

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