State and politics
Barbados is an independent state within the British
Commonwealth. Also see AbbreviationFinder for abbreviation of BB and its meanings of Barbados. The British monarch is head of state and is
represented on the spot by a general governor. He appoints
the person who holds a majority in the National Assembly as
prime minister and, on the proposal of the prime minister,
also other ministers. Parliament consists of two chambers: a
Senate with 21 members, appointed by the Governor-General,
and a National Assembly with 30 members, elected in general
elections for a maximum of five years. The voting age is 18
In the January 2008 parliamentary elections, the Leftist
Democratic Labor Party (DLP) won back the
government power it lost in 1994, and the moderate Social
Democratic Party Barbados Labor Party (BLP) went
into opposition. DLP leader David Thompson became prime
minister. Contributing causes of BLP's loss were price
increases and allegations of corruption.
David Thompson died of cancer in 2010 and was succeeded
by Deputy Prime Minister Freundel Stuart. He succeeded
somewhat unexpectedly in retaining the Prime Minister post
after the 2013 election, which was won by DLP despite many
expecting a change of power. See also History.
The material right is largely English-inspired. The
judiciary consists of magistrates 'courts, the
Justices' Appeal Court and the Supreme Court.
The highest court is the Judicial Committee of the Privy
Council in London. The death penalty can be punished
for some serious crimes.