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Barbados’ newly appointed Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, Q.C., M.P., is pictured taking the oath of office at Government House yesterday. Among those witnessing the ceremony were, from left, Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, and CARICOM Ambassador Denis Kellman.


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Barbados has a new Prime Minister


FREUNDEL Jerome Stuart is now the Prime Minister of Barbados – the seventh person to hold that office in this land.

The St. Philip-born attorney-at-law and father of one, takes over at the helm of the Democratic Labour Party-led Government, following the passing of Prime Minister David John Howard Thompson yesterday morning at the age of 48.

The late Prime Minister had been ailing in recent months, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Mr. Thompson succumbed to his illness yesterday morning around ten minutes after two o’clock.

Following a meeting of the parliamentary group yesterday morning at the DLP’s George Street Headquarters, Stuart, it was agreed, would be the one to carry on the mantle of the Party, which regained the reins of Government in 2008, following 14 years in Opposition.

Speaking to the media moments after being sworn in by Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands at Government House, the newly appointed Prime Minister spoke very highly of his predecessor, under whom he served as Deputy Prime Minister.

“Of course the Party is in a state of grief as is the nation, having regard for the fact that the Honourable David Thompson has been so critical to the public life of Barbados ever since his school days, but more particularly since 1987, when he got elected to the House of Assembly as the Member of Parliament for St. John. Thereafter, he rendered inestimable service to the public life of Barbados and, of course, contributed much to the enrichment of public discourse in this country,” he stated.

Stuart expressed condolences to the late Prime Minister David Thompson’s relatives, particularly his wife and three daughters, whom he said stood by him throughout his illness. (JRT)

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