Caribbean News Service (CNS).
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 13 2016 – A former member of the main opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) early Friday sided with the government to defeat a motion of no confidence in the administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart.
Opposition Leader Mia Mottley had earlier this week brought the motion claiming that the Stuart government was incompetent and ruling by stealth among other allegations.
But when the vote was taken after 2:00 am (local time), the government, which enjoyed a two seat majority in the Parliament, also received the backing of the Member of Parliament for Christ Church West, Dr Maria Agard, who had during the debate being critical of both government and opposition legislators.
Agard, who was expelled from the BLP last year, told Parliament that unlike their predecessors, the current crop of political leaders had lost the art of making citizens feel proud to be Barbadian and part of nation building.
Tourism Minister Richard Sealy had also dismissed the motion saying that Barbados tourism is regaining top international ranking.
Among the legislators who were not present when the vote was taken on Friday, was former prime minister Owen Arthur, who is mourning the death of his father Frank Arthur, who passed away on Tuesday at age 89.
Meanwhile, the BLP has announced plans to stage a “white” march for justice next Thursday.
Mottley said full details will be announced later on Friday.