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Owen Arthur

The Rt. Hon. Owen Arthur
Hon. Owen Arthur
Rank: 5th
Term of Office:
Predecessor: Erskine Sandiford
Date of Birth: October 17, 1949
Place of Birth: Barbados
Spouse: Beverley Jeanne Batchelor
Profession: politician
Political Party: BLP

The Right Honourable Owen Seymour Arthur (born 17 October 1949) is the current Prime Minister of Barbados.

He is leader of the Barbados Labour Party, which brought him to victory in general elections in September 1994. He won general elections again in January 1999 and 2003.

Owen Arthur was educated at the University of the West Indies (Barbados and Jamaica campuses), where he earned a BA in economics and history (1971) and an MSc in economics (1974). After graduating he held positions with Jamaica's National Planning Agency and the Jamaica Bauxite Institute. In 1981 he joined the Ministry of Finance and Planning of Barbados.

He was elected to the Senate in 1983 and to the House of Assembly in 1984. He was chosen to serve as Leader of the Opposition in 1993.

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Last updated: 05-23-2005 09:36:05