Barbados has elected their first ever president, replacing Queen Elizabeth as head of state.
Sandra Mason was elected late on Wednesday by a two-thirds vote of a joint session of the country’s House of Assembly and Senate.
The 72-year-old will be sworn in on 30 November, which will mark the country’s 55th anniversary of independence from Britain.
After years of agitations from Barbadians, Barbados a year ago announced its intention to remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state and become a republic.
“The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind,” the Caribbean island nation’s government said.
“This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving.”
Following the election of Mason as president, Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley described it “a seminal moment” in the country’s journey.
“We have just elected from among us a woman who is uniquely and passionately Barbadian, does not pretend to be anything else (and) reflects the values of who we are,” Mottley said
Mottley was however quick to add that Barbodos becoming a republic does not mean they regret their past ties with Britain, stating that they “look forward to continuing the relationship with the British monarch.”