Thursday 22 October, 2020

Mixed reactions to Barbados plans to remove Queen as head of state

(FILE) Queen Elizabeth II

(FILE) Queen Elizabeth II

Parts of the Commonwealth were shocked as Barbados appeared to suddenly announce plans to remove Queen Elizabeth II as the head of state.

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The latest announcement came on Tuesday (September 15). 

During her two and a half hour Throne Speech, Governor General Her Excellency Dame Sandra Mason said, "the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind", adding that the Government sought to achieve republic status by next year. 

"Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence," she continued. 

The island commonly referred to as 'Little Britain' made international headlines, with supportive applause from the Barbadian diaspora and persons across the region. Channel 4 journalist and presenter, Ayshah Tull and Daily Mirror editor Russell Mayers also joined the conversation, wondering what it means for the future of the country. 

 

Nevertheless some critics did not hold their wagging tongues as they lashed the island for making this bold move towards republican status. 


Some comments even went on to suggest that Bajan superstar, Robyn Rihanna Fenty, should be appointed the new "Queen" of the island. 

Given the excitement surrounding this announcement, locals wait with bated breath to see what legislative changes will be made in the upcoming months.

If completed, this move would make Barbados the fourth country in the region, after Dominica (in 1978) to remove the monarch as their head of state. 

Which country do you think will follow next? 

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