The Hon. Elliot Belgrave as he takes the oath of office as acting Governor General before the Chief Justice, the Hon. Marston Gibson, early this morning.??(C.Pitt/BGIS)

At precisely a minute pass twelve last night retired High Court Judge, the Hon. Elliot Belgrave, took the oath of office as Barbados’ acting Governor General, immediately after Sir Clifford Husbands had vacated the position.

The brief ceremony was presided over by the Chief Justice, Marston Gibson, and witnessed by the acting Prime Minister, Ronald Jones; the Deputy Clerk of Parliament, Nigel Jones; the Chief of Staff of the Barbados Defence Force, Colonel Alvin Quintyne; the Commissioner of Police, Darwin Dottin; and other senior government officials.

Mr. Belgrave has acted previously as Head of State on a number of occasions. Last weekend’s announcement of the retirement of Sir Clifford, indicated that Mr. Belgrave would act until further notice.


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