Barbados wants to replace Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom as its head of state and become a republic, the Caribbean country’s government has said.
Barbados, a former British colony that gained independence in 1966, has maintained a formal relationship with the monarchy, like some other countries that were once part of the British Empire.
Barbados Governor General Sandra Mason gave a speech on the country’s Prime Minister Mia Matali, saying, “The time has come to completely leave our colonial past behind”.
“Barbadians want the head of a Barbadian state. This is the ultimate statement of faith about who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Therefore, Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic until We will not celebrate ours. 55th Anniversary of Independence. “
That anniversary will come in November next year.
Some people celebrated the move on social media.
Head of Washington, Kristen Clarke, DC-based Under the Lawyers’ Civil Rights Law, the committee said the development symbolized the “globalization” of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Barbados until 2021 to relieve the Queen of Britain of her duties.
“Barbados will take the next logical step towards full sovereignty and become a republic by the time we celebrate the 55th anniversary of our independence.”
– Kristen Clarke (@KristenClarkeJD) September 16, 2020
According to Barbados Today, the idea of Barbados becoming a republic was discussed in the early 1970s.
“The risk and uncertainty of time forces us to strengthen our foundations. Equally, we are challenged to shore up our traditional structures and find stronger, more resilient, more sustainable architecture on which we present and Can build a modern and permanent structure for the present. Future generations, ” According to the newspaper, Mason said.
“Barbados has developed the governance structures and institutions that characterize us as described, ‘the best governed black society in the world’.”
“Since independence, we Barbadians have consistently sought to improve our systems of law and governance to ensure that they reflect our characteristics and values as a nation.”
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