Written by Staff Writer at CNN
Britain’s current head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, has spent 60 years on the throne. But her reign could end in just 10 years.
On Tuesday, Barbados’ prime minister Freundel Stuart opened the parliamentary session for his latest term, giving his fellow MPs the choice of replacing her with him in 2023.
Barbados leader Freundel Stuart. Credit: Facebook
Speaking in Barbados’ Parliament, Stuart told lawmakers his country is ready to shake off its colonial shackles. “Thirty-five Caribbean countries have raised their hands and said ‘We want to be an independent sovereign nation,'” he said.
Clarence House, London. Credit: PA
Suffering through heavy delays and bad weather conditions, Stuart wasn’t able to hold the ceremony at a scheduled time. The head of state was later supposed to introduce a motion of no confidence in his government, following several months of acrimony between the main opposition party and him.
The “divided country,” to borrow his phrase, sees the leader in power as an “anti-democratic usurper” and the loudest voice against the Queen.
Reporters couldn’t pick out a single lawmaker during the proceedings who supported the vote, but onlookers were in high spirits. “I think it’s great that we can finally celebrate the prime minister,” said Patience Leissbond, a resident of Bridgetown, the capital city.