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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Barbados and Barbadian News

Country Profile
Barbados is a Sovereign Island Country 34 kilometres (21 mi) in length and up to 23 kilometres (14 mi) in width, covering an area of 431 square kilometres (166 sq mi)in the Lesser Antilles(also known as the Caribbees) are a long, partly volcanic island arc in the Caribbean Sea)
Capital  - Georgetown
Currency - Barbadian Dollar
Official Language - English
Population - 300000

Politics and Govt
Barbados is a Constitutional Monarchy and Parliamentary Democracy with Elizabeth II,Queen of Barbados as Head of State represented locally by the GG Elliot Belgrave and the Prime Minister of barbados is the Head of Govt
Prime Minister of Barbados

Freundel Jerome Stuart of Democratic Labour Party(DLP)  is the current and 7th PM of Barbados in office from Oct 23,2010 succeeding David Thompson who died of pancreatic cancer on October 23, 2010
In the 2008 Barbados Parliamentary Election DLP won 20 of the 30 directly elected seats and the Opposition Barbados Labour Party won 10 seats
The Parliament of Barbados is Bicameral -
The Senate(Upper House)made up of 21 Senators

House of Assembly(Lower House)has 30 members in addition to the Honourable Speaker of the House

2013 Barbados Parliamentary Election - Thursday Feb 21,2013

Barbados Constitution stipulates that elections can take place no longer than every five years from the first sitting of Parliament.The last general election was held on January 15,2008, while the first sitting of the current session of Parliament was held on February 12, 2008
The election and nomination dates were announced by PM Freundel Stuart on January 29, 2013

Election Result
The governing Democratic Labour Party has retained power in Barbados in a tightly fought election.
The DLP, led by Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, won 16 parliamentary seats in the 30-member House of Assembly.
It is the second straight win for the DLP, following 14 years of government by the Barbados Labour Party under the leadership of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, the current opposition leader.
 Party Position in the Parliament
Democratic Labour Party(DLP)won  16 seats and
Barbados Labour Party won 14 seats 

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