By Benjamin Flowers: The Barbados Labour Party, led by Prime Minister Mia Mottley, has claimed all 30 seats in the Barbados 2022 general elections held this week.
The BLP landed the overwhelming victory, despite an attempt to block the election by opposition candidate Philip Catlyn, who took the matter to court in an attempt to delay the election. Catlyn argued that 5,600 of the island’s 287,000 could not vote because they were in isolation due to COVID-19 infection. However, the court later ruled that it had no jurisdiction to delay the election.
The BLP took 29 of the 30 seats in the 2018 election, and with this latest victory, it has solidified that it has the faith of the Barbadian people in the party’s performance and Mottley’s leadership.
Mottley, in the wake of the spectacular victory, said that the landmark win would allow her government to “lead the country first to safety and then to prosperity” and to prepare Barbados for the challenges “of the next 10 to 15 years”.
Mottley, 56, made international news several times last year, notably for her speech at the Twenty-sixth Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, where she famously told world leaders that their failure to provide enough funding to small island nations on the frontlines of climate change is “measured in lives and livelihoods.”
Mottley was also the Prime Minister who led Barbados’ transition into a republic, removing the Queen of England as the CARICOM nation’s Head of State.