Trinidad and Tobago has dropped out of the race for Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Its sole contender was former Planning and Sustainable Development Minister, Dr Bhoe Tewarie.
In a release this morning, the Office of the Prime Minister said that media reports have highlighted that Caribbean leaders have failed to come to a consensus on supporting a single candidate to represent the region, unlike Africa.
The release went on to say that through the appropriate diplomatic channels, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth has been advised that T&T has withdrawn its candidature and is now throwing its full support behind Sir Ronald Sanders of Antigua & Barbuda.
Baroness Patricia Scotland of Ashtal, a Dominican-born sitting life peer in the British House of Lords on behalf of Dominica is the other Caribbean contender.
The release says that it is the Government’s hope that the Caribbean realises it has little time left to unify in supporting Sir Ronald’s candidacy.
However, when questioned at a Post Cabinet Media briefing today about withdrawing from the candidature, Communications Minister Maxie Cuffie said Dr Tewarie had dropped out of the race early.
“I think after the first round, our candidate dropped out of the process and went up for elections, locally,” Cuffie said.