Sir Ron best candidate, says Antiguan PM

Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne believes Sir Ron Sanders is the best man for the job of Commonwealth Secretary General

As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries await the decision on a regional candidate for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General, Antigua’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne continues to promote his candidate, Sir Ron Sanders, as the one best suited for the job.

The Browne administration is putting forward former diplomat Sir Ron Sanders for consideration, against the former UK Attorney-General Dominican-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, who was nominated by Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

A third candidate, Trinidad and Tobago government minister Bhoe Tewarie, has since withdrawn.

But Browne has dismissed Baroness Scotland’s nomination, charging she is “actually an active member of the British Privy Council and therefore is not a Caribbean Candidate.”

“There’s no doubt too that Sir Ron Sanders has the majority support of Caribbean states, and he would have gotten some commitments from various Pacific states. So we feel very comfortable and certainly very assured that Sir Ron will emerge the candidate of choice and he represents the best prospect of the Caribbean getting a seat of the Secretary General of the Commonwealth,” Browne told reporters at the CARICOM Heads of Government Summit today.

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