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Ruling party wins.

RULING PARTY WINS. The ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won a narrow victory in the elections, beating the Barbados Labour Party (BLP) by 16 seats to 14, reports Caribbean News Now (Feb.23, 2013). Both party leaders, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart and BLP leader Owen Arthur, retained their seats; however, labour minister Esther Byer-Sukoo was defeated by newcomer Dwight Sutherland. Voter turnout was close to 60%. In handingthe DLP the slimmest of majorities in the 30-seat House of Assembly, voters in Barbados went against what has been a clear trend in the region over the last two years of opposition parties regaining power, as well as contradicting local opinion polls that had favored the BLP.
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Title Annotation:BAHAMAS
Publication:Caribbean Update
Date:Apr 1, 2013
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