Commonwealth elects Baroness Patricia Scotland as Secretary General
Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting has elected Baroness Patricia Scotland as the new Secretary General of the Commonwealth.
Baroness Scotland replaces H.E. Kamalesh Sharma whose term expires in March, 2016. The election, conducted in a closed door meeting yesterday afternoon, was attended by Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed, representing President Uhuru Kenyatta who was yet to arrive.
And speaking today President Kenyatta congratulated the new SG for her appointment, saying her election comes at a time when Member countries are facing daunting challenges.
“I am confident that under your leadership, we shall find ways of addressing these challenges and further foster the development of the Commonwealth”, said President Kenyatta.
The 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is taking place, November 27-29, 2015 in Valetta, Malta with the theme “Commonwealth: Adding Global Value”.
Baroness Scotland is a lawyer and has held numerous ministerial positions in Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom, most notably being the first female to hold the position of Attorney General for England and Wales (2007-2010). She has also served as an undersecretary of State in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Parliamentary Secretary among others.
Other candidates that competed with her included Botswana’s Mmasekgoa Masire Mwamba, who was until May 2014 Deputy Secretary General (Political) at the Commonwealth Secretariat; and Antigua and Barbuda’s Sir Ronald Sanders, a scholar, writer, advocate for the Commonwealth.
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