Johnson Smith denies being UK proxy candidate

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Kamina Johnson Smith has rejected suggestions that she is a proxy candidate for the United Kingdom in her bid to replace Baroness Patricia Scotland as the secretary general of the Commonwealth

In an interview with the BBC, Johnson Smith said that she was “offended” by the suggestion, noting that it “bore no relevance to reality”

Jamaica announced Johnson Smith’s candidature for the post in April, stunning its CARICOM neighbours, after the bloc had reportedly agreed to support Scotland in her bid for a second term. The decision to back the scandal-scarred Scotland was not unanimous, however

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has also put forward a candidate, former Governor General Sir Iakoba Taeia Italeli

The heads of government of the 54 Commonwealth nations are set to decide on the new leader next week

Headlines Delivered to Your Inbox Sign up for The Gleaner’s morning and evening newsletters.