Bajan Prime Minister Mia Mottley, known for her advocacy for climate change at Cop26 and for leading the break from Britain last year when Barbados became a republic, has been elected for a second term in office.
Mottley’s party, the Barbados Labour Party, swept up all of the 30 parliamentary seats amidst claims that thousands of people in the country who tested positive for the Covid-19 virus were disenfranchised. They had previously held all but one of the seats.
The election took place on 20 January 2022. Two days earlier, on 18 January 2022, the opposition party lost their attempt in the high court to bring an injunction stopping the election on the grounds that suffrage rights were being violated by holding it during pandemic restrictions. This is the Caribbean nation’s first election since removing the Queen as Head of State in November last year.