The Barbados Labour Party, BLP, will form the next government, led by its first female prime minister.

The BLP took all 30 seats in yesterday’s general elections.

Counting continued into the early hours of this morning, but Democratic Labour Party, DLP, leader Freundel Stuart conceded defeat.

The BLP headquarters erupted in celebration as prime minister-designate Mia Mottley, the island’s first female leader, delivered her victory speech just before 4 a.m.

In her speech, Ms Mottley reiterated her commitment to keeping the BLP’s campaign promises.

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Meanwhile, in his concession speech Mr. Stuart took full responsibility for the DLP’s loss in the general elections.

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The 52-year-old Mottley acknowledged there would be a celebration, but she says it was not a time to gloat. She called for unity to take Barbados forward.

Ms. Mottley announced that all schools would be closed today. She says with the exception of supermarkets and banks, she had advised businesses to close at 1 p.m.

Mottley says a Cabinet will be appointed by Monday.