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Rowley, Kamla congratulate new PM

Published: 
Saturday, May 26, 2018

Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley and Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar have written to Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley, congratulating her and the Barbados Labour Party on her “historic” victory at the polls on Thursday.

In a letter dispatched yesterday, Rowley lauded Mottley and the BLP on the resounding victory and re-affirmed his Government’s commitment to strengthening and deepening the already excellent bilateral ties which exist between T&T and Barbados.

Citing the nature of her party’s electoral success, Rowley opined that this was a “clear indication of the confidence that the people of Barbados have reposed in the vision for their future as articulated by you.”

Rowley also said he looked forward to the reopening of a resident Diplomatic Mission in Bridgetown, a move he views as critical to the advance of the bilateral agenda, and to solidifying the exemplary relationship shared by both countries.

Persad-Bissessar, who shares a “good friendship” with Mottley, said the significance of Mottley’s landslide victory “cannot be understated.”

Having shot into the history books in 2010 when she became the first female prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Persad-Bissessar told Mottley “Caricom and indeed the world looked on in awe not only as you became Barbados’ first woman Prime Minister but also leading your party to capturing all 30 seats.”

Mottley, she said, had built a “formidable record” in the political arena and her “determination to succeed, your acumen and strength of spirit are admirable.”

Persad-Bissessar the victory “has already touched so many lives and serves as an inspiration to women and girls to witness the shattering of yet another glass ceiling.”

The region, according to Persad-Bissessar, “has much to be proud of,” as she described Mottley as a “trailblazer in women’s political participation and indeed leadership.”

In her letter dated May 25, Persad-Bissessar expressed the hope that Mottley will “be blessed with good health and continuing good judgement that will allow you to discharge your duties effectively and to the benefit of your countrymen.”

She said she had “noted with great joy,” Mottley’s victory speech, where she declared her win as a “victory for the people of Barbados and indeed I know you will serve them well.”

She added that it was a “source of great pleasure for me to congratulate you, as I am sure you are aware we now share a common place in our hearts for May 24.”

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