Mottley replaces Arthur as opposition leader in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Tuesday February 26, 2013 – Less than a week after he led the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) into its second consecutive defeat, Owen Arthur has been replaced as leader of the party.

Mia Mottley, a former attorney general, who in 2010 lost the leadership of the BLP, was named as the new leader by BLP executive member Gline Clarke flanked by 13 parliamentary members.

The BLP lost the 2013 general election by a 16-14 margin.

“As secretary of the parliamentary group, I just want to announce that Mia Mottley was elected as Leader of the Opposition,” Clarke said yesterday.

Arthur, 63, did not attend the meeting, but reporters were told his absence was to allow the opposition legislators a free hand to elect a new leader.

“The party is united. Mr Arthur felt he would give the members of the parliamentary grouping the freedom to choose the future of the Barbados Labour Party and we thank him and respect him for that.

“Mr Arthur has indicated he would be a full member of the House of Assembly and we look forward to that,” Clarke added.

In October 2010, after she lost the leadership to Arthur, Mottley said she would remain committed to the BLP but accused it of engaging in a kangaroo court to ensure her removal from the post she held since 2008.(CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)