Regional leaders congratulate new Barbados PM

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ST GEORGE ‘S, Grenada (CMC) — Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders were Friday extending congratulations to Mia Amor Mottley, the first woman to be elected prime minister of Barbados.

Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell described the victory as “unprecedented” reminding Mottley that as she faces the “the challenges ahead, I am confident that this overwhelming mandate will be used to provide a new opportunity to address the priorities of all the people of Barbados.

“Your record of inclusiveness will indeed take on new meaning in this period, as you aspire to live up to the expectations of the people for change and economic advancement; even as you work with your colleagues to advance the regional agenda,” said Mitchell, the only politician to have led his party to a clean sweep of the island’s parliament on three occasions.

Mottley led the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) to a clean sweep of the 30 seat parliament during the May 24 general elections and Mitchell said he was personally looking forward “to working with you in addressing the many common and challenging issues of our time, including promoting the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as our final court.

“Those of us in the region who view the CCJ as extremely important to the completion of our independence and our own democratic consolidation, must work together to ensure that the Caribbean, as a family, fulfil this objective.”

Former Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart had promised to remove the island from the appellate jurisdiction of the court had his Democratic Labour Party (DLP) retained power in the election.

Stuart had claimed that the court had shown a bias towards the island.

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