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Mottley first female and eighth PM

BARRY ALLEYNE, [email protected]

Mottley first female and eighth PM

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Mia Amor Mottley is now this country’s eighth Prime Minister.

The Barbados Labour Party chief officially took up the position at 12.25 p.m. today, when she read the oath for the execution of the office of the Prime Minister in the presence of Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason, at Government House.

Member of Parliament, Dale Marshall, quickly followed suit as he was sworn in as the country’s Attorney General.

Mottley, dressed in a canary-yellow skirt suit accessorised with a red and burgundy shawl and matching handbag, was greeted with huge hugs by her parents, Elliot Mottley, QC and Amor Mottley, moments before reading her oath to a live national audience on radio and television.

It was a family affair for the new Prime Minister, as the ceremony was also attended by brothers Warren and Stewart, sister Elan, and uncle Elombe, as well as nieces and St Michael North East faithful.

Marshall, decked out in a three-piece suit, with red and beige tie, shared handshakes with party chairman George Payne and general secretary Dr Jerome Walcott before taking his second oath as the country’s Attorney General.

Mottley and Marshall’s swearing-in came about eight hours after the BLP had scored a resounding 30-0 win at the polls in Thursday’s general election.

After the ceremony, both Mottley and Marshall departed for the first official meeting of the new Government, in an effort to start the people’s business as a matter of urgency. (BA)