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Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey Announces Her Bid for Commonwealth Secretary General

If appointed, she will replace Baroness Patricia Scotland, a dual Dominican-British citizen, whose second and final term concludes at the end of 2024.

On February 2nd, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration announced the intention of its minister, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey’s bid to become the next Commonwealth Secretary-General.

This comes off at the back of an understanding among members of the Commonwealth that its next leader should be from Africa.

The election for the new Secretary-General of the 56-member organization is scheduled for October 22, 2024, during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Samoa.

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If appointed, she will replace Baroness Patricia Scotland, a dual Dominican-British citizen, whose second and final term concludes at the end of 2024.

“Nominating her, President Akufo-Addo stated, “I have strong confidence in Foreign Minister Botchwey to lead our aspiration for renewal and for building future-looking resilient and thriving economies, through community cooperation and action, as underscored at Kigali-Rwanda, during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).”

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