(Bloomberg) -- Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley won a second term in office after pulling the island’s economy back from the brink and restoring economic stability during her first government.
Preliminary results from Wednesday’s election showed Mottley’s Barbados Labour Party winning all 30 seats in parliament and shutting out the rival Democratic Labour Party, the Nation newspaper reported.
DLP leader Vela De Peiza conceded, saying it had been a “reckless” time to call a snap election amid a surge in Covid-19 cases.
“The people of this nation have spoken with one voice, decisively, unanimously and clearly,” Mottley said in her victory speech early Thursday, adding that she now has a mandate to confront “the serious challenges we will face in the next 10-15 years.”
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If the results are confirmed, it will be the second consecutive election in which Mottley’s party has won all 30 seats.
Mottley has pledged to create thousands of jobs in construction, technology and renewable energy to help the palm-fringed island emerge from the economic slump caused by the pandemic.
During her first term, in 2018, she restructured the national debt and boosted international reserves sixfold, restoring confidence in the currency peg with the U.S. dollar. But economic growth remains elusive. Output stagnated for a decade and a half even before the Covid-19 pandemic triggered an 18% slump in 2020.
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