By Shermain Bique-Charles
(Antigua Observer) – Antigua and Barbuda other CARICOM member states have been told that they will each have to vote separately for a candidate of their choice when Commonwealth leaders meet in Rwanda next month. This, as CARICOM appears to be divided over the post of Commonwealth Secretary-General
The latest announcement was made on Tuesday by CARICOM Chairman John Briceno.
After criticism from Prime Minister Gaston Browne and other leaders about Jamaica’s decision to field a candidate, Kingston remained adamant that it would not pull its nominee – Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister, Kamina Johnson Smith – from the race
Johnson-Smith is challenging Baroness Patricia Scotland, who had initially received the CARICOM backing.
Briceno said in his brief statement that CARICOM maintains that it is still the turn of the Caribbean to provide a candidate for the position.
He said two candidates from the Caribbean Community have been nominated for the post and member states of the Community will vote for the candidate of their choice.