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BARBADOS will dump Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic on the 55th anniversary of its independence in November 2021.
The island, which gained independence in 1966, is one of 15 former British colonies that still have the British monarch as titular head of state.
The British Empire exploited Barbados for its rich sugar plantations, which were run entirely by slaves from Africa.
Governor-General Sandra Mason, the Queen’s representative on the island, announced the plans on Tuesday on behalf of Prime Minister Mia Mottley.
She said: “The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.
“Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”
The announcement was welcomed by Barbadians on social media, with many claiming it was an indication of the globalisation of the Black Lives Matter movement.
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