Parliament in Barbados elects first ever President

Mason won the support of all members of the House of Assembly and all but one senator during a joint session of the legislative chambers on Wednesday.

Opposition Senator Caswell Franklyn left the session after opposing Mason’s nomination as Barbados’ first president on November 30, Independence Day.

Barbados is preparing to end its political relations with Great Britain and adopt Republican status.

The Speaker of the House, Arthur Holder, declared that after the secret ballot, the threshold of two-thirds of support required by the Constitution had been reached.

Prime Minister Mia Mottley and Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley jointly nominated Mason and the 27 other MPs present voted in favor.

Mason was born January 17, 1949 in East Point, St Philip and studied at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus in Barbados and Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad, majoring in law in 1973 and a Legal Studies Certificate in 1975.

He has a keen interest in reading, scrabble, cricket and travel.

However, her greatest achievement is being the mother of her son Matthew, who is also a lawyer.

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