Skerrit congratulates a re-elected Baroness Scotland; ‘there is work for us to do’ says the Commonwealth SG

Skerrit, Scotland

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has described as “very rigorous” the contest to get Dominica’s Baroness Patricia Scotland reappointed for a second term as the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

Scotland will remain in that position for the next two years after beating Jamaica’s Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson.

In a press statement in which he congratulated Baroness Scotland, Skerrit stated, “I want to commend the candidate from Jamaica who had a very keen contest. We recognized her as a very strong, educated and committed and resourceful Caribbean lady.”

He added, “The reality is the contest was very rigorous but we eventually triumphed and I want to thank all those who did not vote Dominica and also, to particularly thank the many countries which supported us throughout this process.”

According to the prime minister, countries in Africa, the Pacific and the Caribbean worked to ensure that Scotland was victorious.

He commended the efforts of the Minister for foreign affairs in Dominica, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, Dominica’s Acting High Commissioner in London, Ambassador Francine Baron, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and others who played “a tremendous role” in getting Baroness Scotland re-elected.

Skerrit asked all member countries, now that the election is over, to continue the work of the Commonwealth and to be that “beacon in our daily lives.”

He pointed out that Scotland has to continue her term during challenging circumstances with the increasing oil and food prices but said he looks forward to the Commonwealth playing its part in addressing a number of the key issues.

Meanwhile Baroness Scotland has described her reappointment as a “privilege and honour that I value.”
The Baroness thanked the re-election team comprising the Foreign Affairs Minister and the others who Prime Minister Skerrit mentioned, for helping “to craft a perfectly weighted stone for David’s sling. We were faced with Goliath-like problems but you know, we Dominicans are resilient; we don’t give up, so we honed that stone and we took that sling and Goliath fell.”
“But now is the time for us to heal,” she quickly pointed out. “We have to work for all 2.6 billion people who are facing so many difficult times. Climate change has been a threat to all of us. We, in Dominica know the pain that came from the terrible Hurricane Maria and we watched our brothers and sisters from across the Commonwealth suffering similar pain, the last being Tonga in the Pacific.”
According to the Secretary-General, “There is work `for us to do and I’m so proud, so grateful that I will be able to put my shoulder to the wheel with yours, and together, we will reach the goals that the sustainable development of our world needs.”
Scotland, a former British Labour attorney-general, beat her challenger, Jamiaca’s Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith, 27 to 24 during the election at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda.
Johnson-Smith’s candidacy, supported by Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness, had the endorsement of Trinidad and Tobago along with the public backing of five members of the Commonwealth – including the United Kingdom.
Secretary-General Scotland first took office in 2016 with her initial term extended by two years due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Having already served six years, she will now serve for a further two years to complete the balance of her period in office.

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23 Comments

  1. Bring back the kidnapped parrots
    June 29, 2022

    “There is work for us to do” such as collect more “donations” to replenish my foreign bank account so that I can take more foreign vacation trips disguised as “fact finding missions” We are proud that the Dominican people do not mind using their money to help us stay happy says yours truly the illustrious great leader and benefactor of the Dominican treasury money for his personal use.

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  2. Man bite dogs
    June 28, 2022

    From now on I will be campaigning for a general election that would keep the blue monkeys running up the trees scratching their b***s and backsides.

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    • out of south city
      July 1, 2022

      If they are blue monkeys then you are a red monkey that will never come down the tree because that’s where you keeper wants you to be. Such an ignorant statement.

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  3. Jonathan Y St Jean
    June 28, 2022

    Patricia, a former British attorney general was not supported by Britain in her bid. This speaks volumes that she isn’t highly considered by the main country in the Commonwealth. Yes, many African countries and others who are parroting the anti colonial feelings supported her so she made it over the finish line, but she can’t hold her head up high because the country where the head of the Commonwealth resides turned it’s back on her for good reasons.

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    • Man bite dogs
      June 28, 2022

      @Jonathan, Boris Johnson, and ugly Lenny, are two losers, I for one will have the privilege to kick Johnson out and keep ugly Lenny out of existence that is my advantages over most including you Jonathan sult sucker.

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    • DA2DBONE
      June 28, 2022

      She not being supported by Britain is just Boris Johnson playing politics. While he was in Kigali trying to oust her, he was losing two bar elections at home. Now he is fighting for his own political life.

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    • Eagle-Eyed
      June 29, 2022

      @jonathan y St Jean, the British government not giving their support to Baroness Scotland re-election bid has nothing to do with her ability to do the job but more to do with British politics. The current UK ruling party are tories/conservatives, where as Baroness Scotland last served in the Uk parliament as a member of the UK labour party. Their reasons for not supporting her are for the same reasons UWP and their supporters won’t support any Dominican citizen unless they are spewing out anti-Skerrit/Labour hatred.

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    • Gary
      July 2, 2022

      The Power of the Commonwealth Nations reside with the Nations voting for their interest, as demonstrated not your nonsensical uniformed view of what you believe, time you educate yourself and stop looking at the world through your prison glass of local partisan politics which has no bearing on the international stage.

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  4. Lin clown
    June 28, 2022

    Dominicans KICKED UWP out of office after less than 5 years.because of victimization,corruption and lies.The victimization,corruption and lies were so massive that they lost 1,163 votes and 3 seats in the 2019 election.These UWP coonu are still talking about plane loads upon plane loads of people coming to vote DLP.They are yet to address the fact that they lost more than 1,000 votes in the 2019 election.

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  5. June 28, 2022

    My god look at the two stooges: Par Jeh Belle, and Par Belle Pierse. That first dose of the Kigali herb may have taken care of that tool and has made Par Jeh Belle worse. I told you the Tutsis are the best. They really took care of him.

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    • Keith
      June 28, 2022

      A Nou Parle Sort
      June 28, 2022— Good one – the best I have seen in a while.

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  6. Beta
    June 28, 2022

    Look it, two corrupt individuals laughing at you you in Dominica. All you suck salt whilst they having a big jolly at all your expense. Just look at the seize of them…!

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    • Me
      June 29, 2022

      Dimples an hair are flagging, boobs are sagging while have-beens are still bragging. Too much of the cushy life and it shows.

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  7. Skipp
    June 28, 2022

    “very rigorous” But was it free and fair – Roosevelt? I don’t mind who the victor is at the end of that day but you cannot say that for your own election to be PM Mr. – not fair for you.

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  8. Lin clown
    June 28, 2022

    The Rt hon,Dr.Roosevelt Skerrit,Prime Minister and the rebuilder of the Commonwealth of Dominica has done it again.

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    • Ibo France
      June 28, 2022

      Roosevelt is a builder for real. He has built unprecedented poverty; intractable, political fragmentation; skyrocketing crime rate; ubiquitous corruption; and unimaginable wealth for himself and his enablers. That’s the unmitigated truth.

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  9. Marty
    June 28, 2022

    Oh yes, HE would do. Them two are cut from the same cloth. All they bring on DA is shame and corruption.

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  10. June 28, 2022

    HEY, Skero you know how to make people win by evil force. You hold unto the recipe, and you carry it with you. You Skero, you are a bad man. Hope you received that healing recipe from Kigali for that dilapidated and foul adored tool.

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  11. Ibo France
    June 27, 2022

    Another million dollar joyride at the expense of impoverished Dominicans for the Butcher of Roseau

    I have a $500.00 bet with my cousin that the tourist would not be spending two weeks in Dominica before he flies to another distant land racking up another couple thousand frequent flyer-miles. I told my cousin to pay me in advance for as sure as the sun would rise that he would lose the bet.

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  12. Ibo France
    June 27, 2022

    I ask this question with all seriousness. What and how much have Dominicans benefited with the Baroness at the helm of this dinosaur organization?I just cannot recall.

    There is absolutely nothing there to show smile about for our membership in this organisation. As I have posited before, the Commonwealth is a symbol of British dastardly colonial rule. Ask the inhabitants of the member states about the Commonwealth and its relevance to their lives. Nine the I’ve percent of them cannot tell you. In Dominica, the percentage would be 99.9999%.

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    • June 28, 2022

      Dominicans have all benefited with the Baroness at the helm by dismissing ignoring your crap that Dominicans have to put up with every God given day. Sadly to say that you and Francisco Telemakak are just the very few soucaying sel. What a disgrace and shame!

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  13. Man bite dogs
    June 27, 2022

    Well done Mr Skerrit, your team and you have done a good job by getting Baroness Scotland re-elected ugly Lenny, is corrupt to the bone nasty as a dog bottom that could never be trusted, please call a snap general election to send that prophetic monster 👹 out of this world the majority of Carribbean people including Dominicans is sick of this old man ugly Lenny

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