"We pride ourselves on democracy!"
The obvious questions visitors to the
island ask about the Barbados government are..
"What is the type of government in Barbados?....
"Is it a democractic government?.... communist?
"Or is it even possibly totalitarian?"
These questions usually stems from worry.... worry of whether or not
you are about to vacation on an island with an unstable government,
perhaps even a country of turmoil!
Well guess what, Barbados
is a very stable country with a stable democratic
We believe in a country of free
speech without restriction on the way of life.
the government of Barbados structured?
Barbados government is structure like many other Commonwealth
countries. This is because Barbados is a former
Colony that established its independence in November of 1966.
the top of the governmental structure is the The
Head of State of the island, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
commonly referred to as "The
Queen of Barbados".
the Queen does not use her executive power over the island.
instead appoints a Governor General to represent her. The
General of Barbados is Sir Clifford Husbands who has
been the island's Governor General since 1996.
Governor General of Barbados is then allowed to appoint a Prime
Minister to take the position of leader of the island's government.
This is however done through a general election, where by
political parties try to gain the trust of the public. This
an attempt order win the majority of seats in the House Of Assembly.
How is the
Barbados Parliament structured?
parliament of Barbados is a bicameral legislature with an
House and a Lower House. These are known as The Senate of
Barbados and The
House of Assembly respectively.
The Senate of
Barbados is made up of 21 members that are appointed by The Governor
General while the The House Of Assembly is made up of 30 members of the
5 years a general election is held allowing the public to vote for the
political party they wish to place into power.
These elections allow members of the public who are 18
years of age or older regardless of sex the chance to vote for a
political party that wins the most seats in the House of Assembly is
put into office with the leader of the party taking up position as the
new Prime Minister of
There are two major Barbados political
parties that battle it out for office. These two parties are
called The Democratic
Labour Party (DLP) and The
Barbados Labour Party
The most recent general election was held on January 15th
of 2008 with the Democratic Labour Party winning 20 of the 30 seats.
This victory made David
John Howard Thompson
our newest and current Prime Minister.
UPDATE: On Satuday October 23rd 2010 at the age of 48, the Prime Minister of Barbados, David Thompson, has died of pancreatic cancer. He will be greatly missed by a united nation of people who loved him dearly.
The former deputy Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, has been sworn in as the island's current and seventh Prime Minister.
about the Barbados Judicial System?
legal system in Barbados is based on the same legal system used by the
British. Again this stems from Barbados being a former
The judicial system in Barbados is therefore made up of a Supreme Court and a Magistrates Court. The Supreme
Court is further divided into The High Court and The Court
Civil, criminal and family cases in Barbados are heard before The High
criminal and civil appeals from decisions of the High Court
are heard by The Court of Appeal
cases, which generally do not require a jury, are usually dealt with by
The Magistrates Court.
What is the
Barbados Government Infromation Service?
The Barbados Government Information Service was established in 1968 and
its main goal is to ensure that the people of the island remain
informed about the activities of the government in Barbados.
This government information service does this through the use of
various means of news media and is essential to maintaining the
govermental education of the Barbadian public.
If you want to find out more information about The Barbados Government
Inforamtion Service you can visit their official website here
Facts about The Government of Barbados:
Type of Government in Barbados: Democratic
Type of Parliament in Barbados: Bicameral
Head of State: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
• Prime Minister of Barbados:
Thompson Freundel Stuart
General of Barbados: Sir Clifford Husbands
Barbados Political Parties: The Barbados Labour
Party (BLP) and The Democratic Labour Party (DLP)
Current Political Party in Power: The Democratic
Official Barbados Government Website: www.barbados.gov.bb