Barbados' opposition elects new leader
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) -- Barbados' main opposition Democratic
Labor Party elected a senator as its new leader to replace the party president
who resigned over the party's defeat in a recent by-election.
Sen. Clyde Mascoll was elected the party's leader Sunday night. He replaced
Thompson, who had led the party since 1994 but announced his resignation after
the party lost a September by-election for a Parliament seat in one of its traditional
Thompson had expressed disappointment that the party lost two consecutive
elections in 1994 and 1999, and considered the by-election loss the last straw.
"We are getting our act together," Mascoll told a cheering crowd in his
speech Sunday. "This evening I say to you and the rest of Barbados: Take your
seats in the theater of politics in Barbados -- the real Democratic Labor Party show
Barbados' next elections are not due until 2004.
Mascoll, a 41-year-old economist, had 310 votes to 260 votes for his competitor,
Branford Taitt, a former president of the party who held Cabinet positions in
previous Democratic Labor Party administrations.
Copyright 2001 The Associated Press.