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Barbados elects first ever president ahead of becoming republic


  • Barbados has elected its first ever president as it prepares to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
  • Dame Sandra Mason, 72, is set to be sworn in on 30 November, which will mark the country's 55th anniversary of independence from Britain. 
  • The first woman to serve on the Barbados Court of Appeals, Dame Sandra has been governor-general since 2018.
  • The govt announced the plan to move to a republic status last year.