Former Barbados Prime Minister Owen Arthur passes on

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By: Tito Chapman

Former Barbados Prime Minister, Owen Arthur has passed away at the age of 70. He was pronounced dead just after midnight at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

He led Barbados as Prime Minister for an unprecedented three consecutive terms from 1994 to 2008, having served as Member of Parliament for the constituency of St Peter from 1984 to 2013.

Arthur, who suffered a heart attack recently, was head of the Commonwealth observer delegation at the March 2 general and regional elections in Guyana.

He is survived by wife Julie and daughters Sabrina and Leah.

The Government of Barbados extended sincerest condolences to his wife, children and extended family. MP for St Peter, Colin Jordan, would be coordinating the funeral arrangements.

As of today, there will be a period of national mourning for three days. All flags will be flown at half mast


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