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The political system in Barbados

Constitution and political system

Barbados became independent in 1966 and is a parliamentary-democratic unitary state. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for how BB can stand for Barbados. The British monarch is head of state and is represented in Barbados by a Governor General. This appoints the Prime Minister and the Government. The executive lies with the government. The government is responsible to the legislative assembly, the parliament, which consists of a Senate and a House of Assembly. The Senate has 21 members, all appointed. The Assembly House has 30 members elected in the general election for five years from individual circles. The voting age is 18 years.

Political System of Barbados

The country's politics are dominated by two parties - the Barbados Labor Party, the BLP, and the Democratic Labor Party, the DLP. In the January 2008 election, DLP received 52.5% of the vote and won 20 of the 30 seats in the Assembly House. There is some turmoil in political life related to financial problems, corruption, rising crime and some conflicts of interest over other Caribbean states (and the United States). However, the governance set as such must be said to be relatively stable, and the country has to some extent developed welfare schemes.

Barbados is divided into 11 local units. They are administered by the central government.

Judiciary

The judiciary comprises magistrate courts and a supreme court of justice consisting of a supreme court and a court of appeal. As of 2005, the Caribbean Court of Justice (Caribbean Court of Justice), located in Port of Spain, Trinidad, is the supreme court of appeal.

Barbados defense

Barbados has volunteered military service from the age of 18. The defense force is small and easily equipped, and the Navy acts as a coast guard in practice. The total force figures for Barbados armed forces are 610 active personnel, with a common reserve for the Army and Navy of 430 personnel (2018, IISS). The Army has a staff of 500 active personnel, and the Navy has a personnel force of 110 active personnel, and six patrol vessels.

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