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Patricia Scotland to become the Commonwealth's first woman Secretary General
Patricia Scotland, a Dominica-born British lawyer, was appointed as the Commonwealth's new Secretary General, becoming the first woman to occupy the post in the 53-member block's history. Commonwealth heads of government chose Scotland, at their biennial summit in Malta, chose 60-year-old Scotland, a former attorney general to the British government, to take over from India's Kamalesh Sharma on April 1, 2016. Sharma was appointed to the prestigious post in April 2008. "I am incredibly proud to be the first woman to hold the post of secretary-general," Scotland told a press conference.?
Patricia Scotland is prominent lawyer and for first time she became a member of House of Lords (Upper House) of the British parliament in 1997. Earlier, she had served as Attorney General (AG) for England and Wales and Northern Ireland from 2007 to 2010. She was UK Minister of State (Home Office) from 2003-2007 and UK Parliamentary Secretary (Lord Chancellor’s Department) form 2001-2003. She also had served as UK Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office from 1999 to 2001.
The Commonwealth Secretary-General is the head of the Commonwealth Secretariat which is the central body that has served the Commonwealth of Nations. Secretary-General can now serve a maximum of two four-year terms and its duties involve representing the organisation globally and also promote its values and principles maily democratic standards and development. Commonwealth Secretariat was established in 1965 and responsible for representing the Commonwealth publicly. Its headquarter is at Marlborough House in London.