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Last updated: 16 January, 2008 - Published 22:21 GMT
 
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Thompson: 'much at stake for Barbados'
 
New Prime Minister, David Thompson
Thompson : "We have the support of the young people of Barbados"
David Thompson has spent his first full day as Prime Minister of Barbados, following his party's election victory on Tuesday.

He met with staff and advisers and continued the finalisation of his ministerial team, which is expected to be unveiled this weekend.

Mr Thompson's Democratic Labour Party (DLP) won 20 of the 30 seats in the House of Assembly.

The other 10 went to Owen Arthur's Barbados Labour Party.

The DLP will use the opportunity of an unexpected extra long holiday weekend to celebrate and to reflect.

Mr Thompson has made Friday a special holiday to mark his victory -- to add to the previously scheduled Errol Barrow Day on Monday, which honours the National Hero and former DLP Prime Minister.

Victorious candidates hold celebratory motorcades on Friday and attend thanksgiving church services on Sunday.

'Larger Numbers'

The new cabinet is expected to be sworn in on Monday.

Mr Thompson has said that the DLP was propelled back into office for the first time since 1994 on the back of a strong youth vote.

"I think they had every reason to want to vote in larger numbers than usual because of the fact that there was a lot at stake for them. I am happy that we have the support of the young people of Barbados," he said.

The BLP had campaigned on its track record in office over three straight terms.

At the previous election in May 2003, the BLP won 23 of the 30 constituencies.

It subsequently gained an additional seat through the defection of the former DLP leader, Clyde Mascoll, who lost this time to the DLP's Chris Sincker in the most keenly watched contest.

Mr Mascoll was one of nine cabinet ministers to lose their seats.

The new Prime Minister, David John Howard Thompson was born in London of Barbadian parents in December 1961.

The 46-year-old attorney at law trained at the University of the West Indies, first rose to national attention as a keen high school debater.

Leadership Battle

Mr. Thompson was elected to Parliament in 1987 in a by-election which was held following the death of then Prime Minister Errol Barrow.

Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur was denied a fourth term

He has represented the rural parish of St. John since then.

During the Erskine Sandiford administration of the early 1990s, Mr. Thompson served as Minister of Community Development and Culture and as Minister of Finance.

He led the DLP to previous general election losses in 1994 and 1999 before resigning in September 2001.

He was reinstated as political leader in January 2006 following the defection of Mr Mascoll, following a bitter leadership feud.

Mr Thompson was not to be denied the highest political office for a third time.

 
 
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