Leaders of the Commonwealth have made a decision by consensus to reappoint Secretary-General, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, QC, for a further two years to complete the balance of her period in office.
The decision which was taken at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting now underway in Kigali, Rwanda, was announced in a statement released by the Commonwealth Secretariat earlier today.
The Dominica-born Scotland was facing a challenge from Jamaican Kamina Johnson-Smith who was named by her country, as a contender for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General,
Jamaica’s nomination of Johnson-Smith for the position came in for criticism from Antigua and Barbuda’s prime minister, Gaston Browne who publicly described the decision as a “monumental error” while CARICOM said that their support was behind Scotland.
Baroness Patricia Scotland had also called on Johnson-Smith to rethink her decision to challenge the position but despite the criticism, Johnson-Smith did not bow out.
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