BRIDGETOWN, Following the landslide victory of Barbados’ first female prime minister, Mia Amor Mottley, of Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Thursday, pop star Rihanna, who earlier appeared to have endorsed Mottley, celebrated her win.
“Say hello to my new prime minister and most importantly the FIRST FEMALE prime minister of Barbados … the honorable Prime Minister @mamottley,” the Barbados native said in an Instagram post Friday. “Well deserved and about time! breaking barriers and making history in so many ways!!! Congratulations.”
The 52-year-old lawyer and head of the Barbados Labour Party, is the country’s first female leader since gaining independence from Britain in 1966.
Over the past decade, the island had been governed by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, a member of the DLP. The BLP leader was involved in a heated political campaign often facing off with the Democratic Labour Party, led by Barbadian Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Mottley becomes Barbados’ eighth Prime Minister and the fifth female head of government in the English speaking Caribbean joining the likes of the late Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica, Janet Jagan of Guyana, Portia Simpson Miller in Jamaica and Kamla Persad Bissessar in Trinidad and Tobago.
Before the big win, Mottley held a slew of ministerial portfolios between 1994 and 2008.
Source: Nam News Network