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Barbados opposition picks ex-PM as leader

The opposition party in Barbados has elected a former prime minister as its new leader.

Owen Arthur replaces Mia Mottley as chief of the opposition Barbados Labor Party on Tuesday. The 61-year-old Arthur led the island from 1994 to 2008.

Labor chairman George Payne says party insiders unanimously chose Arthur after Mottley lost support of parliamentarians in recent months. He declined to disclose further specifics.

Arthur passed on leadership to Mottley after the party lost 2008 elections to the Democratic Labor Party led by David Thompson.