Patricia Scotland retains Commonwealth Secretary-General seat 

Adoba Echono, Kigali

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Patricia Scotland has been re-elected as Commonwealth Secretary General .

QC Patricia Baroness Scotland managed to retain her position as Secretary-General of Commonwealth Secretariat by defeating Jamaica’s Kamina Johnson Smith in the CHOGM 2022 meeting in Kigali, Rwanda.

Baroness Scotland received 27 votes whereas Kamina Johnson Smith only managed 23 votes.

The majority of Heads of Government from the 54 Commonwealth countries gathered in Kigali, Rwanda, on 24 June 2022, voted in favour of Patricia Scotland to lead the organisation.

Scotland, who was nominated by her native Dominica for the position of Commonwealth Secretary-General at the 2015 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, defeated former deputy Secretary-General for Political Affairs Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba of Botswana and Antiguan diplomat Ronald Sanders to become the sixth Secretary-General of the Commonwealth and the first woman to hold the position.

On April 1, 2016, she started the first of a maximum of two four-year mandates.





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