Opposing parties congratulate BLP government
Prime Minister Mia Mottley, with some of her Members of Cabinet during their swearing-in ceremony.
After the resounding victory by the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) at the polls last Thursday, a number of opposing candidates and parties have expressed congratulations to the now ruling party and Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
Among them is the leader of Solutions Barbados, Grenville Phillips.
In a press statement entitled ' Hurricane Force Winds,' he noted that " we were all privileged to witness a wind of change of Category five hurricane proportions":
"Solutions Barbados congratulates Ms Mottley and all other BLP candidates for their resounding victory. The people of Barbados have given Ms Mottley and the BLP a clear mandate by a wide majority, and Solutions Barbados respects the will of the people."
He went on to stress that the task at hand is not an easy one:
"This BLP administration will face unprecedented economic challenges over this new five-year term. While we were offering the only non-austerity solution and the BLP an austerity-based one, this choice appeared less important to voters than ensuring that the DLP were voted out. However, once the jubilation has ended, all of us must face the stark reality that we are actually on the brink of economic ruin."
Phillips added that his party is ready and willing to contribute to Barbados' development:
"The BLP administration can be assured that Solutions Barbados will offer the BLP administration our best unsolicited advice, something that I have been doing with all political administrations for the past two decades. We will offer workable solutions and assist with their implementation wherever we can. The BLP can rest assured that we will not be engaging in any partisan criticism of their stewardship between elections, since it is in all of our interests that they succeed."
The Barbados Integrity Movement (BIM) has also wished the eighth Prime Minister of Barbados and its first female head of government well.
BIM’s Leader Neil Holder and his members joined with him in congratulating the new Prime Minister:
“We take this opportunity to congratulate your colleagues on their ascension to office as well and to encourage a modus operandi for future mutual collaborations towards the betterment of our nation."
Holder reaffirmed the Movement’s commitment to continue to work within the constituencies to build networks of young persons that are empowered - a task which he stressed cannot be left to government alone.
He also pointed to the historical significance of this victory noting that Ms Mottley is the “first female to hold such high office, coupled with such a landslide victory at the polls.”
BIM he added, will forever be committed to the rebuilding of Barbados.
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