Blow for Johnson as Commonwealth leaders reject bid to oust Baroness Scotland

Blow for Johnson as Commonwealth leaders reject bid to oust Baroness Scotland
The Prime Minister had backed Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith to replace the Labour peer as secretary-general.

Boris Johnson has been dealt a fresh blow after Comunidade leaders rejected his bid to oust secretary-general Baroness Scotland.

O primeiro ministro had backed Jamaican foreign minister Kamina Johnson Smith to replace the Trabalho peer in the role as the public face of the 54-nation body.

But allies rejected Mr Johnson’s move and re-elected Baroness Scotland for a second term during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) na sexta.

UK officials, who had been privately critical of Baroness Scotland, had been confident Ms Johnson Smith would succeed.

Mr Johnson had said his choice would have the “vast experience and support to unite our unique family of nations and seize the opportunities ahead”.

Ms Johnson Smith accepted her defeat, tweetando: “Much love always, I continue to serve, e claro, sincere congratulations to Baroness Scotland.”

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