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