Barbados has a new Prime Minister


Barbados Labour Party (BLP) leader Mia Mottley is the new Prime Minister of Barbados.

The BLP won nearly three-quarters of the popular vote and took all 30 seats available in the House of Assembly on 25 May – the first time this has been achieved in the country. It was a crushing defeat for the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).

The 52-year-old lawyer thereby becomes the first female prime minister of Barbados, joining the likes of Eugenia Charles (Dominica, 1980‑95), Janet Jagan (Guyana, 1997‑99), Portia Simpson-Miller (Jamaica, 2006‑07, 2012‑16) and Kamla Persad-Bissessar (Trinidad and Tobago, 2010‑15).

Mottley’s political roots go deep, as her grandfather, Ernest Deighton Mottley, became the first Mayor of Bridgetown in 1959 and her father and uncle were also both involved in politics.