Owen Arthur retakes Leadership of the BLP

Former Prime Minister Owen S. Arthur has repossessed the leadership of the Barbados Labour Party following his relinquishing the leadership to Mia Mottley after defeat at the polls against the Democratic Labour Party in the 2008 general elections in Barbados

18 Oct 2010, 12:00 AM

By: gop

Mr. Owen Arthur has regained leadership of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) after a struggle for leadership of the party was exposed to the public.

Miss Mia Mottley was removed as Barbados' Opposition leader after five of its nine parlimentary members decided the she does not command the majority of the opposition members.

Last Tuesday, an attack was made on Mia Mottley at the party's Roebuck Street headquaters by the five parliamentary members of the BLP, but wasn't successful then, because Mr. Arthur hadn't showed up because of ill health. Also absent from the meeting of the opposition's Members of Parliament (MPs) was Mia Mottley, Cynthia Forde, Rawle Eastmond.

The meeting was therefore postponed until today, where the five BLP parliamentarians behind the move to oust her, scheduled a meeting for Grantley Adams House, Roebuck Street, St. Michael at 10 a.m. to review her stewardship.

Mottley declined to attend the meeting, having declined to participate in the one called last Tuesday by secretary of the parliamentary group, Gline Clarke.

The five, George Payne, Owen Arthur, Dale Marshall, Ronald Toppin and Gline Clarke took steps to go to Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands to have Mottley's appointment revoked.

This seems almost a birthday gift for Mr. Arthur, who turned 61 yesterday. Mr Arthur was sworned in before the Governor General as Leader of the BLP the country's opposition party. Present were Arthur, George Payne, William Duguid, Dale Marshall, Gline Clarke, Ronald Toppin and Willliam Duguid.

Arthur in accepting his selection says no one had done more than him to facilitate Mottley, pointing out it was he who had first appointed her to his Cabinet serving as Minister of Education and Culture, Attorney General and Minister of Economic Affairs and later elevating to Leader of Government Business and Deputy Prime Minister.

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