CARICOM SG congratulates re-elected Barbados Prime Minister

CARICOM Secretary-General Dr. Carla Barnett has congratulated the Prime Minister of Barbados Hon. Mia Mottley on her resounding triumph in the General Elections of 19 January.

Here is the Secretary-General’s congratulatory message:

Honourable Prime Minister,

On behalf of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), I offer my sincere congratulations to you and the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) on your resounding victory in the General Elections of 19 January. 

The overwhelming success of the Barbados Labour Party indicates that the people of the country have every confidence in your stewardship and look forward to your continued leadership to guide them on a path that would ensure their progress.

I look forward to working with you once again in deepening and strengthening our integration movement and in confronting the many challenges besetting the Community at present.

You can be assured, Prime Minister, of the support of the CARICOM Secretariat in that endeavour.

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  1. Original
    January 24, 2022

    CARICOM is encouraging such undemocratic behaviour of PMs having the authority to call elections whenever they feel like to their advantage, such behaviour should not be accepted as democratic progress, especially where Mia is saying she is going to reduce the power of the PMs office! we inherited a system which was designed to give total control to our colonial masters today this system gives total control to our PMs. it is about time that democracy is what is encouraged and CARICOM should lead this by at least calling out those behaviour as being undemocratic. power should be given to the citizens!

  2. Jonathan Y St Jean
    January 21, 2022

    When institutions set up to help in the development of the region can’t provide leadership but instead prop-up the malfeasance of the current set of leaders hell bent on taking the region to uncharted territory towards some form of dictatorship, by corruption and rule of populism, it must pain our ancestors who helped steer us from slavery and colonialism. Mia calls a snap election in the midst of the most transmissible variant of the virus and only 40% of eligible voters participate, then this doesn’t give a reassuring feeling for democracy. These leaders are only concerned about winning by any means necessary. The Caricom SG could have appeared to be on the side of the people, the majority 60% and qualify his congratulations with a call for more concern for the lives of the people of the region and a return to the conscience we inherited in our form of democracy. What has happened to precedent we got from our previous leaders.

  3. Joseph charles
    January 21, 2022

    without one imported vote ! Congrats

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    • Just Asking
      January 22, 2022

      And how do u know that?

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    • Baje
      January 25, 2022

      Thousands of Bajans come home at this time of year so if they are registered they will obviously vote. No one can stop them. There is no law in the constitution that can stop them.

  4. Ibo France
    January 21, 2022

    Mia Motley is the dominant, political figure in Barbados for the last three, four years. Again, congratulations to prime minister Mia Mottley and her Barbados Labour Party.

    Despite the overwhelming victory by the BLP, it’s very concerning that one party has all the seats in parliament. This CANNOT be good for DEMOCRACY. A strong and vibrant opposition in parliament is essential to a robust democracy. I hope that this would not become the prevailing trend throughout the Caribbean region as democracy is presently under constant threat in some countries in the region. Antigua & Barbuda, St. Vincent & the Grenadine and Dominica readily come to mind. All three have rogue Labour party leaders at present.

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    • Anon B True
      January 22, 2022

      @Ibo France, we began a discussion on this subject and I’d like to continue it here because you’ve raised the issue here also. Let me say that I do enjoy this exchange with you because while you disagree, you do so respectfully, your points are very well argued and are sensible and strong. I do hope we’d see more such exchanges and less rants and insults against those with whom we disagree. Having said that, let me reiterate how strongly I disagree with you that 30-0 is not good for democracy. On the contrary, if the people, having considered the options before, decide on the individual whom they want to represent their constituency in parliament, that’s truly democracy at work. Let’s not forget that a general election is – as in Barbados’ case- is 30 separate elections. Why, then, should the people in one constituency vote against the best interest by choosing someone they don’t believe will give them the best representation, simply to have an opposition? And how will they…

      • Anon B True
        January 22, 2022

        Why, then, should the people in one constituency vote against the best interest by choosing someone they don’t believe will give them the best representation, simply to have an opposition? And how will they decide which of the constituencies should vote this way? Also, unlike Dominica, where elections are not fair, and probably not free, neither of the two main parties has a history of stealing elections. And with the exception of Owen Arthur, Barbadians tend to give each party two terms and vote it out. And this is the second time in a row that they have given the BLP all 30 seats. This suggests that they were happy with its performance in its first term and, having compared them with the other party, felt they didn’t need an opposition. It’s the will of the people at its best. One more thing, will you agree with even with an opposition, the ruling party in Dominica does whatever it wants to, whenever it wants to, without even allowing the opposition a voice?

        • Ibo France
          January 25, 2022

          I truly respect your perspectives on the Barbados just concluded general election. You stimulate deep thoughts.

          This is my little take on the results – BLP 30 – DLP+ 0. No system is perfect not even a democratic system of government. The electors in Barbados did not consider the Opposition parties a viable alternative government thus the lopsided results at the polls.No one should blame the electorate for this. The Opposition should regroup and make itself a feasible option to govern the country.

          Even though no one should castigate the voters for rightfully exercising their franchise in a free and fair election, which was also free from fear, this isn’t the best outcome for the people.

          A strong, doable alternative party to the incumbent party. The ruling party knowing if they drop the ball, they would be summarily booted from office. Conversely, when those in perceive the alternative to be weak, they usually rule selfishly with an iron fist.

          Run out of characters.

          • Anon B True
            January 25, 2022

            That’s me with the like. I absolutely enjoy this exchange with you. Hopefully, some day we’ll get to move it off line and speak in person. God bless

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