Barbados presidency: Virgin Islands governor Charles Whitney elected

BBC News Shareholders of Barbados have voted to choose a new president, with none of the contenders receiving more than 50% of the vote. The biggest disquiet among observers at the election on Christmas…

Barbados presidency: Virgin Islands governor Charles Whitney elected

BBC News

Shareholders of Barbados have voted to choose a new president, with none of the contenders receiving more than 50% of the vote.

The biggest disquiet among observers at the election on Christmas Eve centred on the lack of women, and newcomers to the role.

Charles Whitney was the choice of the central bank and the Crown Lands authority.

But he will need the approval of the island’s cabinet before he can take over.

A spokeswoman for the Barbados Prime Minister said the new president was expected to take the reins shortly.

Barbados was ruled for nearly 100 years by the Queen until 1962, when she gave up power.

Barbados has elected a number of interim rulers since that time.

Apart from appointing Charles Whitney, the central bank in December also voted for Rami Lewis.

The leader of the Crown Lands authority, Dionne Grizzle, also won, and the inaugural chairman of the Barbados Water and Sewerage Authority (Bwaja), Arthur Humphrey, is due to take over from Hubert Minnis as chairman.

There has been a widening gulf between the Barbados government and its Barbados Progressive Workers’ Union since the July 2016 local elections, the BBC’s Gregory Bush in Barbados says.

In addition to his central bank role, Mr Whitney is the board chairman of the Barbados Tourism Authority.

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