Dec 9, 2022

Mawazo Writing Africa

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UK endorses Jamaica’s Johnson-Smith for Commonwealth job

The UK has officially confirmed Jamaica’s Foreign Secretary, Ms Kamina Johnson-Smith, to the post of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

Delegates from member states will meet during the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings in the week on June 20 in Kigali, Rwanda.

The confirmation is a major boost for the Jamaican who is seeking to replace current Secretary-General, Baroness Patricia Scotland. who is seeking a second term.

In a tweet on Thursday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, whose government is currently leader of the Commonwealth, said his government supported Ms Johnson-Smith’s candidacy.

“She has the tremendous experience and support to unite our unique family of nations and seize the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Mr Johnson.

As part of the Commonwealth voting system that supports the consensus prioritized, all members must agree on a nominee for the person to be declared the winner.

A Commonwealth Secretary-General may serve a maximum of two terms of four years each.