June 18, 2024


Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu and Ranking Member of Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has announced that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) fully supports the candidature of the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, to the position of Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

President Nana Akufo-Addo had earlier nominated Madam Botchwey as Ghana’s candidate for the position, saying that: “I have strong confidence in Foreign Minister Botchwey to lead our aspiration for renewal and for building future-looking resilient and thriving economies, through community cooperation and action, as underscored at Kigali-Rwanda, during the 26th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).”

Responding to the announcement, Mr Okudzeto Ablakwa congratulated Madam Botchwey on her nomination, reiterating the fact that she has the full backing of the NDC despite her being a member of the New Patriotic Party(NPP).

“I congratulate Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey on her expression of interest and nomination as Ghana’s candidate for Secretary-General of the Commonwealth.

As our Flagbearer and Former President, H.E. John Mahama intimated at his Chatham House lecture last year, Hon. Botchwey can count on the full support of the NDC.

Consistent with our longstanding national tradition of rallying behind Ghanaian candidates for international assignments regardless of partisan affiliation — my colleagues and I on Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee wish her success in October’s election.

This is about our dearest Ghana, and our collective glory. Go make us proud, Hon. Minister,” he wrote on social media.

The election of a new Secretary-General for the Commonwealth of Nations will happen in October 2024.

About the Commonwealth of Nations

“The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 56 independent and equal countries.

It is home to 2.5 billion people, and includes both advanced economies and developing countries. 33 of our members are small states, including many island nations.

Our member governments have agreed to shared goals like development, democracy and peace. Our values and principles are expressed in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth’s roots go back to the British Empire. But today any country can join the modern Commonwealth. The last two countries to join the Commonwealth were Gabon and Togo in 2022,” a description of the organization on its official website said.



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