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World’s Youngest Republic Barbados Holds Snap General Election

  • Nation has one of the highest debt-to-GDP ratios in hemisphere
  • Island’s tourist-driven economy shrank 18% during pandemic
Mia Mottley in Bridgetown, Barbados in November 2021.

Mia Mottley in Bridgetown, Barbados in November 2021.

Photographer: Randy Brooks/AFP/Getty Images

The world’s youngest republic, Barbados, is holding snap elections Wednesday in which the ruling party is seeking a fresh mandate to guide the island out of a deep economic slump.  

Prime Minister Mia Mottley, the leader of the Barbados Labour Party, or BLP, is widely expected to win a second term as voters blame the downturn on the pandemic and dearth of tourists. The BLP controls 29 of the Caribbean island’s 30 legislative seats.