Baroness Scotland is new Commonwealth Secretary General
Baroness Patricia Scotland has been elected Commonwealth Secretary General, becoming the first woman to hold the title.
Baroness Scotland was Dominica’s nominee for the post, and was also supported by Barbados.
At today’s vote at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta, she defeated the other Caribbean candidate, Ronald Sanders, who was nominated by Antigua and Barbuda, and had the backing of the majority of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders.
Baroness Scotland succeeds Kamalesh Sharma, who has held the post since 2008.