Sunday 20 September, 2020

PM Holness on the passing of Owen Arthur: He served with distinction

Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur.

Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur.

Tributes continue to pour in for former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur who died earlier today.

Nevis Premier and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Federation of St Kitts and Nevis, Mark Brantley posted on twitter: “Today we learned that the Caribbean has lost one of her most illustrious sons. Owen Arthur was the Prime Minister of Barbados but he was in every way a regional statesman. We extend deepest condolences to his family and the people of Barbados and the wider Caribbean.”

These sentiments were echoed by Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness.

He tweeted: “Today I pause to pay my respects to a man who served Barbados and the Caribbean with distinction, former Prime Minister of Barbados Owen Seymour Arthur. I am truly saddened by his passing. Owen Arthur was passionate about his country and the dream of regional integration. In the 1990s and early 2000s, he helped shape the political scene in the region. I extend sincere condolences to the family of Owen Arthur and the people of Barbados.”

Owen Arthur died at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Barbados earlier today.

He served as Prime Minister for three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008.

Earlier this year the former politician served as Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Mission who oversaw Guyana's General and Regional Elections.

Known for his economical prowess, Arthur was asked to join the Government's Special Advisory Group which was appointed by Prime Minister Mia Mottley to address the impact of COVID-19 on Barbados economy.

Starting today all flags in Barbados will be flown at half-mast.

The former statesman was 70 years old at the time of his passing.

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