Former Barbados PM Owen Arthur passes


Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Seymour Arthur passed away on Monday at age 70.

The Barbados Government Information Service said he died at 12:26 a.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Arthur, Barbados’ fifth Prime Minister, was hospitalised in mid-July with heart complications and was in the Intensive Care Unit.

He led the country for an unprecedented three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008, having served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Peter from 1984 to 2013.

In 2013, Arthur announced that election would be his last after the Barbados Labour Party was defeated.

Since retiring from political office, Arthur was conferred with the title of Professor of Practice: Economics of Development by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in November 2018 and in January 2020, was appointed chairman of the Board of LIAT the Caribbean Airline. (Nation News Barbados)

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