Barbados establishes RSTAC as it heads transition from Monarchy to Republic state

The government of Barbados has announced the establishment of the RSTAC - Republican Status Transition Advisory Committee as the island heads transition from a monarchical system to a republic state.

Barbados: The government of Barbados has announced the establishment of the RSTAC – Republican Status Transition Advisory Committee as the island heads transition from a monarchical system to a republic state.

RSTAC would help in the planning, discuss responsibilities, rights and hopes of the people of Barbados island, including the younger generation and those who are in the Diaspora.

It was cleared in the announcement that – Hughland Allmane, acting Cabinet Secretary, would supervise the RSTAC committee. RSTAC would review all the previous work done towards getting Barbados to become a republic, and this also includes assessing the draft – Constitution Bill, 2004.

The government is also providing the opportunity to the residents of the island to come forward and provide their innovative ideas to the RSTAC committee in the following few weeks. The people of Barbados are also encouraged and invited to attend the committee’s public meetings.

With this, the RSTAC would approach the issues of individual freedoms and would also strengthen the religious, spiritual values, and racial tolerance in the country.

The Cabinet further stated that the RSTAC’s medium phase would be submitted possibly by 30 June, and it is expected that the final report would be submitted by the end of September month this year. 

On heading transition from monarchical system to a republic state, PM Mia Mottley expressed her joy and asserted that “The people of Barbados wanted a Barbadian head of the state, and now the time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind.”

The island got independence from Britain on November 30, 1966, while Haiti was the first independent Caribbean nation and the world’s first Black republic to gain independence from Britain in the early 19th century.

Currently – Queen Elizabeth II is the head of the following Caribbean countries-

  •  Antigua, The Bahamas, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines island.