World in brief: UK's Commonwealth lead under threat

Concerns about British dominance of the organization may have prompted an early challenge to Secretary-General Baroness Scotland

The World Today Published 27 May 2022 Updated 31 May 2022 2 minute READ

James Orr

Journalist on South Asia, the US and the Middle East, Freelance

Commonwealth heads of government are gathering in Kigali, Rwanda, in June for the first time in four years after the usually biennial summit was twice postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

Leaders of some 50 member states will seek to find consensus on critical issues including climate finance, public health, sustainable urbanization and trade.

On the meeting’s agenda is a ‘global reset’ to navigate a post-pandemic recovery. Perhaps the most pressing internal issue is a vote on a leadership challenge to Baroness Scotland of Asthal, the Commonwealth’s current secretary-general, who has so far served one term.

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