Freundel Stuart

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The Right Honourable
Freundel Stuart
PC, QC, MP
Freundel J Stuart.jpg
Prime Minister of Barbados
In office
23 October 2010 – 25 May 2018
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Clifford Husbands
Sandra Mason (Acting)
Elliott Belgrave
Philip Greaves (Acting)
Sandra Mason
Preceded by David Thompson
Succeeded by Mia Mottley
Personal details
Born (1951-04-27) 27 April 1951 (age 67)
Saint Philip, Barbados
Political party Democratic Labour Party
Residence Ilaro Court (2010-2018)
Alma mater University of the West Indies

Freundel Jerome Stuart, PC, QC, MP (born 27 April 1951)[1][2] is a Barbadian politician who is the former Prime Minister of Barbados and Leader of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) from 23 October 2010 to 21 February 2013; and from 21 February 2013 to incumbent.[3][4] He succeeded David Thompson, who died on 23 October 2010 from pancreatic cancer.[5][6]

Biography[edit]

Personal life and career[edit]

Stuart was born in Saint Philip, Barbados.[7] He is the father of one daughter.[8]

An alumnus of the Christ Church Foundation School, Stuart is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds degrees in Political Science and Law.[8] He is a lawyer and his practice encompasses criminal and corporate law.[8]

He has supported several community organisations and sponsors the Dayrells United Achievers Community Club and the Notre Dame Sports Club.[6]

Political career[edit]

Freundel Stuart has for several years been the leader of the Democratic Labour Party and has served in many capacities, including that of Prime Minister. He represents the St. Michael South constituency. Stuart resigned from active politics after the DLP suffered a defeat in the 24 May 2018 General Election.

7th Prime Minister of Barbados[edit]

Stuart served as acting Prime Minister of Barbados since May 2010 when Prime Minister David Thompson became ill with pancreatic cancer.[8] Adriel Brathwaite succeeded Stuart in the positions he then held, namely Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs.[9] Thompson died on 23 October 2010.[7] Leaders of the Democratic Labour Party held an emergency meeting at the party's headquarters on George Street in Bridgetown on the morning of Thompson's death, during which Stuart was chosen as the next Prime Minister.[7]

Stuart was sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados the same day by Governor-General Clifford Husbands.[7]

In 2011, Stuart was appointed as a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability.

Stuart won his first election as Prime Minister on 21 February 2013, defeating Barbados Labour Party challenger (for his constituency) Noel Lynch.[10]

On 24 January 2014 Stuart became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.[11]

Stuart has since announced his intention to turn Barbados into a republic and replacing the Queen of Barbados with a ceremonial president as head of state.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Caribbean MBA Conference". Caribbeanconference.org. Archived from the original on 2013-01-04. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  2. ^ "BGIS Media - Biography - Deputy Prime Minister". Gisbarbados.gov.bb. Retrieved 2013-02-23. 
  3. ^ Staff writers (23 October 2010). "Breaking News: Cabinet members to be re-confirmed this afternoon". The Barbados Advocate. Archived from the original on 11 March 2012. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Staff writer (23 October 2010). "Stuart sworn in Prime Minister". Nation Newspaper. Retrieved 23 October 2010. [dead link]
  5. ^ Staff writer. "Urgent Barbados Death: Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson is dead". Caribbean News Agency (CANA). Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "New Barbados PM to be sworn in". RJR News. 23 October 2010. Archived from the original on 26 October 2010. Retrieved 23 October 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Barbados' Seventh PM". Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Meet Barbados' New Prime Minister". CaribWorldNews. 23 October 2010. Retrieved 25 October 2010. [permanent dead link]
  9. ^ Rhonda Thompson (10 July 2010). "Barbados has new Attorney-General". Nation News. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "Winners again". The Barbados Advocate. 22 February 2013. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 22 February 2013. 
  11. ^ Rhonda Thompson, "Stuart member of Queen's Privy Council", Nation News, 24 January 2014.
  12. ^ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/latestnews/PM-says-Barbados-moving-towards-Republic

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Political offices
Preceded by
David Thompson
Prime Minister of Barbados
2010–2018
Succeeded by
Mia Mottley