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Barbados to drop Queen Elizabeth II as head of state and become a republic
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II Credit: Iain Cameron (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

Sandra Mason, Barbados Governor-General, announced Tuesday the country would move "toward full sovereignty and become a Republic" by November 30, 2021, and will remove Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley stated: "The time has come to fully leave our colonial past behind. Barbadians want a Barbadian Head of State. This is the ultimate statement of confidence in who we are and what we are capable of achieving. Hence, Barbados will take the next logical step toward full sovereignty and become a Republic by the time we celebrate our 55th Anniversary of Independence."

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Honduras president Juan Orlando Hernández tested positive for Covid-19
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández  at the Department of State, March 21, 2017
Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández at the Department of State, March 21, 2017 Credit: U.S. Department of State from United States / Public domain

On Tuesday, Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras, announced in a televised speech that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and that he would be working remotely while receiving treatment. His wife Ana Garcia de Hernández and two of his aides have also tested positive for Covid-19 and are being treated.