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Labour win in Barbados

BRIDGETOWN (Reuter) - Barbados got its first new government in eight years yesterday after the opposition Barbados Labour Party won a historic two-thirds majority in the House of Assembly.

In balloting on Tuesday, voters awarded 19 out of 28 seats in the assembly to the BLP, compared with eight seats for the ruling Democratic Labour Party and one seat for the National Democratic Party.

The BLP is led by Owen Arthur, a 44-year-old economist, who was due to be sworn in as Prime Minister. The outgoing prime minister, Erskine Sandiford, 57, had headed the Barbadian government since 1987.