|The Right Honourable
PC, QC, MP
|Prime Minister of Barbados|
23 October 2010
|Governor General||Clifford Husbands
Sandra Mason (Acting)
Philip Greaves (Acting)
|Preceded by||David Thompson|
|Born||(1951-04-27) 27 April 1951
Saint Philip, Barbados
|Political party||Democratic Labour Party|
|Alma mater||University of the West Indies|
Freundel Jerome Stuart, PC, QC, MP (born 27 April 1951) is the Prime Minister of Barbados. succeeded David Thompson, who died on 23 October 2010 of pancreatic cancer. He is a member of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP).
Personal life and career
Stuart was born in Saint Philip, Barbados. He is single as of October 2010 and is the father of one daughter.
An alumnus of the Christ Church Foundation School, Stuart is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and holds degrees in Political Science and Law. He is a lawyer and his practice encompasses criminal and corporate law.
He has supported several community organisations and sponsors the Dayrells United Achievers Community Club and the Notre Dame Sports Club.
Freundel Stuart has for several years been a stalwart of the Democratic Labour Party and has served in many capacities including that of President. He represents the St. Michael South constituency.
7th Prime Minister of Barbados
Stuart served as acting Prime Minister of Barbados since May 2010 when Prime Minister David Thompson became ill with pancreatic cancer. Adriel Brathwaite succeeded Stuart in the positions he then held, namely Attorney-General and Minister of Home Affairs. Thompson died on 23 October 2010. Leaders of the Democratic Labour Party held an emergency meeting at the party’s headquarters on George Street in Bridgetown on the morning of Thompson’s death, during which Stuart was chosen as the next Prime Minister.
Stuart was sworn in as the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados the same day by Governor-General Clifford Husbands.
In 2011, Stuart was appointed as a member of the UN Global Panel on Sustainability.
Stuart won his first election as Prime Minister on 21 February 2013, defeating Barbados Labour Party challenger (for his constituency) Noel Lynch.
On 24 January 2014 Stuart became a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom.
Stuart has since announced his intention to turn Barbados into a republic and replacing the Queen of Barbados with a ceremonial president as head of state.
The Rt. Hon. Freundel J. Stuart, leader of the Democratic Labour Party is the 7th Prime Minister of Barbados. He first served as acting Prime Minister of Barbados in May 2010 when former Prime Minister David Thompson became ill. After Mr.Thompson’s untimely death in October 2010, Mr. Stuart was sworn in as Prime Minister by former Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands.
In the last general elections held February 21st 2013, Mr. Stuart lead the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) to victory, winning his first election as Prime Minister of Barbados and securing a second term in power for the DLP.
Prime Minister Stuart officially joined the Democratic Labour Party in 1970 and successfully entered elective politics in 1994 when he represented the St. Philip South constituency. From 2003 – 2007 he served in the Senate but returned to the Lower House of Parliament when the DLP won the 2008 general elections.
Mr. Stuart served as Attorney General and Minister of Home Affairs, and Deputy Prime Minister from 2008 before acting as Prime Minister.
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