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(Reuters) - Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley on Monday called for a snap general election to be held on Jan. 19, just weeks after the Caribbean country became a republic.Who is Barbados'new president Sandra Mason?
A former British colony that gained independence in 1966, Barbados in October elected Sandra Mason to the country's first-ever president to replace Britain's Queen Elizabeth as head of state. Mason was sworn in as president on Nov. 30.Why did Barbados break its ties with the British monarchy?
Calls for full sovereignty and homegrown leadership had risen in recent years in Barbados, leading it to end its long maintained ties with the British monarchy.