Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Barbados Elects Sandra Mason as First President to Replace Queen Elizabeth As Head Of State

Sandra Mason
Sandra Mason (Image: Twitter)

*The people of Barbados have made history by electing its first president to replace Queen Elizabeth II as head of state. 

As reported by CNN, Sandra Mason was elected late on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of the country’s House of Assembly and Senate,” the outlet writes. 

“We have just elected from among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian, does not pretend to be anything else (and) reflects the values of who we are,” Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley said after Mason’s election.

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Per the report, Queen Elizabeth II is still head of state in more than a dozen other countries that were formerly under British rule, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Jamaica. Barbadians gained independence in 1966. 

Wazim Mowla of the Atlantic Council believes the election could serve as a “unifying and nationalistic move”.

“Other Caribbean leaders and their citizens will likely praise the move, but I don’t expect others to follow suit,” Mowla told Reuters. “This move will always be considered only if it is in the best interest of each country.”

“We look forward to continuing the relationship with the British monarch,” Mottley said.

As reported by Black Enterprise, in the Caribbean, the Queen remains head of state of Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Grenada Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts, and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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