Saturday 19 September, 2020

Barbados in mourning at the passing of former PM Owen Arthur

Barbados flag (Stock photo)

Barbados flag (Stock photo)

Former Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Owen Arthur has passed away and leaves his family and his country to mourn.

In a manner befitting the giant of a man in terms of his knowledge, expertise, experience and actions, despite his small stature physically, starting today, Monday, July 27, there will be a period of National mourning for three days in Barbados.

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The three-term Prime Minister and "boss" Economist will be mourned throughout the Caribbean because over the decades he played pivotal roles in CARICOM throughout his terms and acted as an Advisor to many CARICOM member states after.

One of his last official posts held was that of Chairman of the Commonwealth Observer Mission to Guyana’s 2020 General and Regional Elections.

Most recently(April 11), Prime Minister Mia Mottley, who took up the reigns of the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) after Arthur, appointed him to be part of the Government's Special Advisory Group to tackle current and post-COVID-19 affairs because of his economical prowess. She considered him an asset of Barbados as the government works to restore the economy in this post-COVID period. She called him one of Barbados' "resources" for his knowledge and experience.

All flags will be flown at half mast across Barbados from today toThursday, July 30.

He was 70 years old. He died just after midnight, around 12.26 am on July 27, 2020.

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