The Honourable Mia Mottley was sworn in as Barbados’ eight prime minister May 25.
The Honourable Mia Mottley was sworn in as Barbados’ eight prime minister May 25.

PM Harris congratulates Mia Mottley as Barbados’ first female prime minister

From the press unit in the Office of the Prime Minister

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts – Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis the Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris has joined his fellow CARICOM heads of government in congratulating the Hon. Mia Mottley QC on being appointed prime minister of Barbados, making her Barbados’ first female head of government.  

Prime Minister Mottley assumed leadership of the country after the Barbados Labour Party (BLP), which she leads, recorded a crushing landslide victory in the general elections May 24 by winning all 30 seats and unseating the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), headed by Freundel Stuart.

In an official letter dated May 25, Prime Minister Harris extended warm words of congratulations to Prime Minister Mottley on her historic victory, noting “I am confident you will serve with diligence and tenacity.”

Prime Minister Harris highlighted that gaining all 30 seats, which is unprecedented in Barbados’ electoral history, is no simple feat. “It speaks to your sterling leadership and ability to inspire the members of your party, and indeed the people of Barbados,” he said. “I am confident that your vast experience in public service and your commitment to the sustainable development of your country and the wider region, will provide a solid platform to deliver sterling service to the people of Barbados as you chart a new development course, returning your proud country to its halcyon days of economic prosperity.”

He added that his government “looks forward to working with you bilaterally, regionally and globally as we tackle the issues [that] threaten to stymie our collective growth and development.”