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State & Ceremonial

Leaked Boris Johnson letter indicates uncertainty over the future leadership of the Commonwealth

A leaked letter from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suggests that the Commonwealth is facing a period of uncertainty over its leadership as moves are being made against the reelection of the secretary-general.

According to the BBC, the Commonwealth heads of governments have rejected calls for Baroness Scotland to be automatically given a second term in office.

The leaked Boris Johnson letter suggests that an alternative candidate should stand against the incumbent secretary-general.

Baroness Scotland’s four-year term comes to an end next month. It is now feared that a fierce diplomatic battle will now ensue over the future leadership of the group of 53 nations.

A number nations had previously indicated that they would be supportive of Baroness Scotland being granted an automatic second term in office.

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However, after consulting with all 53 nations, the leaked letter revealed that twice as many Commonwealth countries were opposed to the proposition.

The Commonwealth has agreed to give Baroness Scotland a short three-month extension to her term of office, before the leaders meet in Rwanda in June for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.

A Commonwealth spokesperson said that it “does not comment on leaked documents as a matter of principle.”

You can read the full BBC report by clicking here.