Bridgetown, Barbados: Mia Mottley, 52, was sworn in on Friday as the first female prime minister of Barbados, after the party she heads, the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) swept the former administration aside in a historic 30-0 win in Thursday’s General Election. Outgoing Prime Minister Freundel Stuart conceded defeat in the election.
Mottley becomes the country’s eighth prime minister. She took the oath of office before Governor General Sandra Mason and was surrounded by family, friends and party supporters.
Following her party’s victory, Mottley said she wanted to thank the voters for doing “what is best for Barbados.”
Mottley was also the first woman to be appointed the country’s attorney general and minister of home affairs in 2001.
Two years later, she served as the island’s second female deputy prime minister, and was chosen as the BPL party leader in January 2008.
Dale Marshall, an attorney and member of parliament for St. Joseph, also took the oath of office as Attorney General. After the ceremony, they departed for the first official meeting of the new government to start the people’s business as a matter of urgency.
Mia Mottley is expected to name her Cabinet over the weekend.
Mia Mottley entered politics in 1991 at the age of 26
In 1994, following the BLP’s victory in the general election, Mia was appointed to the Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs and Culture and at the age of 29, she became one of the youngest Barbadians ever to be assigned a ministerial portfolio.
She was elected General Secretary of the Barbados Labour Party in 1996.
Mia was appointed Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs in August 2001 and is the first female in Barbados to hold this position.
In 2002, Mia Mottley served as Barbados’s second female Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the Social Council of Barbados and the Deputy Chairman of Barbados’ Economic Council, a position she held until 2008
She assumed leadership of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) in 2008 becoming the first female to lead the party and the Opposition but her position was revoked in 2010 in favour of former PM Owen Arthur.