Barbados - The World's Newest Republic of North America!

Barbados - The World's Newest Republic of North America!

Updated on December 07, 2021 04:46 AM by admin

Barbados, which was a British colony for 400 years, has become the world's newest republic.. In a ceremony witnessed by Prince Charles, the Caribbean island nation of Antigua and Barbuda deposed Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. Who was appointed as the new pioneer? What will be the method of transition? Here's a look at Barbados' history as a British colony and afterward.

Who is the new leader of Barbados?

Dame Sandra Prunella Mason, who was elected as Barbados' first president last month, has taken over as the country's leader. Speaker of the House of Assembly Arthur Holder announced Mason's election as President of Barbados during a joint meeting of both Houses of Parliament.

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What is Dame Sandra Prunella Mason's background?

Mason, 72, has served as the island's governor-general since 2018. Mason finished her judicial studies in London after graduating from Queen's College, followed by a judicial fellowship in Canada. She began her career as a teacher before moving on to the banking industry until 1978. She went on to work as a Magistrate in Barbados' Juvenile and Family Court.

From 1991 to 1999, Mason was the Chair and Vice-Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Child's Rights. Until 2005, she served as the Registrar of the Supreme Court. She was sworn in as the Supreme Court of Barbados' Court of Appeal Judge for the first time in 2008. Mason was the first Barbadian to join the Commonwealth Secretariat Arbitral Tribunal (CSAT) in 2014, and she was also the first female president of the tribunal in 2017.

Who is the Incumbent Prime Minister of Barbados ?

Mia Amor Mottley, Q.C., M.P.,  is the incumbent Prime Minister of Barbados. She was sworn in as Barbados' eighth and first female Prime Minister on May 25, 2018. Ms. Mottley was elected to the Barbados Parliament as part of the new Barbados Labour Party government in September 1994. Between 1991 through 1994, she was one of two Opposition Senators in the Senate. Ms. Mottley served as Minister of Education, Youth Affairs, and Culture from 1994 to 2001, making her one of the youngest ministers in history.

Ms. Mottley became the first female Attorney General and Deputy Prime Minister of Barbados, serving from 2001 to 2008. She is an attorney-at-law who specializes in advocacy and holds a degree from the London School of Economics.

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Barbados' colonial history and following years

When a ship arrived in the Caribbean in 1625, Barbados, which the British are accused of turning into a "slave society," became an English colony. On November 30, 1966, Barbados declared independence. Barbados, on the other hand, will continue to be one of the Commonwealth's 54 nations.

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How will the transition take place?

There are no plans to replace the flags, coat of arms, national promise, or national anthem, according to The Guardian. However, all official allusions would be devoid of the terms "royal" and "crown." As a result, the Royal Barbados Police Force will be known as the Barbados Police Force, and crown lands will be referred to as state lands.

On November 30, the country would commemorate the removal of Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and the country's first president, Errol Walton Barrow.

Barbados has been preparing to become a republic for how long?

Barbados' choice to become a republic was made last year, but the nation had been considering it for decades. The Cox Commission was established in 1979 to assess the viability of the republican government in Barbados. On the other hand, the commission concluded that the population preferred the constitutional monarchy system.

A constitutional commission suggested that the country become republican and abolish the monarchy in 1998. Barbados switched from the British Judicial Committee of the Privy Council to the Caribbean Court of Justice as its last court of appeal in 2003.

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Singer Rihanna Named Barbados' National Hero

Barbados, where Rihanna grew up in the Caribbean, is the world's newest republic. At an investiture ceremony on November 30, Barbados bestowed the title of 'National Hero' on Rihanna Robyn Fenty, a Grammy-winning singer, and businesswoman.

In 2018, Rihanna was appointed as an official ambassador for culture, youth, tourism, and education. She is the most well-known resident of Barbados.

What qualifies singer Rihanna for the title of "Barbados National Hero"?

In her speech, Prime Minister Mia Mottley exclaimed that the world's imagination via her pursuit of excellence with her inventiveness, discipline, and above all, her incredible commitment to the land of her birth.

We hereby offer you the title for the national hero of Barbados, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty, on behalf of a grateful nation but an even prouder people." "May you continue to shine brightly like a diamond, bringing honour to the country," she concluded.

We'll wrap up the topic here, hoping that we've covered some of the most significant details about the world's newest republic.

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