The Commonwealth appointed its first female secretary-general on Friday when leaders chose Dominica-born lawyer Patricia Scotland to take over the running of the 53-country organisation.
At their biennial summit in Malta, Commonwealth heads of government chose Scotland, a former attorney general to the British government, to take over from Indian diplomat Kamalesh Sharma on April 1, 2016.
“I am incredibly proud to be the first woman to hold the post of secretary-general,” the 60-year-old told a press conference.
The secretary-general promotes the Commonwealth’s values and principles and represents the organisation globally. (AFP)