St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Dominica’s nominee, British peer Baroness Patricia Scotland may have won the post of Commonwealth Secretary, but Antigua and Barbuda, whose candidate Sir Ronald Sanders lost, remains unhappy with the situation.
Antiguan Prime Minister Gaston Browne and Grenada’s Keith Mitchell were among OECS heads who tried ahead of the election for Commonwealth Secretary General in Malta, to get Dominica Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit to withdraw Baroness Scotland from the race to give Antiguan candidate Sir Ronald a better chance of winning the election.
Prime Minister Mitchell is also not happy with the results in Malta, as he indicated to the parliament in St Georges.
According to Dr Mitchell, the Caribbean got a black eye over the issue.
Baroness Scotland – the first woman to become Commonwealth Secretary General, was born in Dominica – her mother is Dominican and her father Antiguan.
She has been described by some of her critics as a British rather than a Dominican candidate.
Post election, that view is still held by Prime Minister Browne, for whom the British peer’s victory is a bitter pill to swallow.
Analyst Arvel Grant agrees that Baroness Scotland had Britain’s help in winning the election for Commonwealth Secretary General.
Baroness Scotland will take up the post of Commonwealth Secretary General in April of next year.
Source: WINN FM 98.9