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  • From Venezuela, newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro sent his congratulations to "the sister of the Barbadian community."

    From Venezuela, newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro sent his congratulations to "the sister of the Barbadian community." | Photo: Facebook: Mia Mottley

Published 26 May 2018

Congratulatory messages for the newly elected first female prime minister have poured in from across Latin America and the wider world. 

Congratulations are pouring in from across Latin America after Mia Mottley was elected Barbados' first female prime minister earlier this week.

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Jamaica's Prime Minister Andrew Holness lauded Mottley for "an impressive landslide victory" during the Barbadian general elections on May 24.

"Prime Minister Holness described Mottley's victory as a profound historical moment in the region and affirmed the view that she is a powerful force in the Caribbean, who will no doubt lead Barbados in an inclusive and transparent manner," a press release from Holness' office said.

From Venezuela, newly re-elected President Nicolas Maduro sent his congratulations to "the sister of the Barbadian community."

"It is the result of the laudable process that this Caribbean nation achieved by electing a woman as prime minister, despite the challenges connected with constructing a new just and fair society," Maduro said. 

"The election of Mia Amor Mottley is further demonstration of the development of democracy in the Caribbean and the heights Caribbean women are able to reach in order to lead their country."

U.S. State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert congratulated the new prime minister on her victory and commended the Barbadian people for "participating in another free and fair election and for their commitment to democratic values."

The statement published on Nauert's official Twitter account said the United States looks forward to working with Prime Minister-Elect Mottley on the event of her inauguration.

Uruguayan diplomat Luis Almagro, secretary of the Organization of American States (OAS), wrote that the international body wishes her "great success" and will be offering its support in her mission to uphold human rights for all citizens.

Following the historic win, both for her party and the country, Mottley took the oath of office before Governor General Dame Sandra Mason at Government House shortly after noon Friday local time.

The result represents the first time in Barbados' electoral history that a single party has secured all of the 30 seats up for grabs in the House of Assembly, unseating the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), headed by Freundel Stuart – one of the country's longest-serving governments.


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