Sandra Mason: Black Woman Becomes First Elected President of Barbados

Sandra Mason: Black Woman Becomes First Elected President of Barbados

  • Dame Sandra Prunella Mason has made history as the first elected president of Barbados
  • The 72-year-old female politician and lawyer was unanimously elected by the House of Assembly and the Senate on Wednesday, October 20
  • Mason, who is the president-elect of Barbados, is due to take office on November 30, 2021

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A Black female politician and lawyer, Dame Sandra Mason, has become the first president of Barbados after the nation severed ties with the British Monarchy, Travel Noire reports.

Mason was nominated by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley to be Barbados' first president and subsequently unanimously elected by the House of Assembly and the Senate on Wednesday, October 20.

The Barbadian politician, who is the eighth and current Governor-General since 2018 and the president-elect of Barbados, is due to take office on November 30, 2021.

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Dame Sandra Prunella Mason is first elected president of Barbados
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