Hours after leading the Democratic Labour Party to a nail-biting victory over the Barbados Labour Party, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, was at Government House today to take the oath of office before Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.
Prime Minister Stuart also signed the Official Register and accepted the Instrument of Office from the Governor General.
The ceremony, which started around 4: 30 p.m. and lasted just over ten minutes, was witnessed by Cabinet Secretary, Keith Franklin; Clerk of the House of Assembly, Pedro Eastmond; Deputy Clerk Nigel Jones; Acting Private Secretary to the Governor General, Mary Sandiford, and Aide-de-Camp to the Governor General, Captain Carlos Lovell.
Also being sworn in today in an equally brief ceremony was Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite.
Brathwaite also took the oath of office before the Governor General, signed the Official Register and accepted his instruments of office.
The St. Philip South MP also served as Attorney General in the last Freundel Stuart Administration.
After the ceremony the two senior Government officials were later invited to a short private exchange with the Governor General in another section of the residence.
Yesterday, in a keenly contested political battle, the DLP won 16 of the seats to the Barbados Labour Party’s 14.
The BLP was led by former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, parliamentary representative for St. Peter.
Yesterday’s was the second general time in five years that Arthur suffered a defeat at the hands of the DLP. (NC)