Premier Brown saddened by death of Barbados PM

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Local News & Alerts | 0 comments

BARBADOS Prime Minister David Thompson has died at age 48, the government announced today.

The Caribbean island nation’s government gave no details on the cause of Thompson’s death, CNN reported.

Premier Dr. Ewart Brown described him as, “a personal friend, an ally of Bermuda and a major figure in Caribbean politics.

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“I will cherish the memories of working beside him at Caricom Heads of Government meetings.

“Our condolences are extended to his family and to the many Barbadians who make their home in Bermuda.”

Elected in 2006 on a platform of community development, Thompson was credited with bringing the Democratic Labor Party back to power, the Barbadian government Web site said.

Thompson had served in government since 1991, and his chief priorities were decentralizing government, strengthening social services and improving the economy, the government said.

Thompson was born on Christmas Day in 1961, one of seven siblings. He is survived by his wife, Marie-Josephine Mara, and three daughters.

Sources: UPI news agency, Bermuda Wired.

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