Boris Johnson fails in his dramatic attempt to oust Commonwealth leader Baroness Scotland

Britain has failed in its bid to ditch Baroness Scotland and replace her with a preferred Jamaican candidate in a bitter briefing war at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Rwanda

Patricia Scotland

Boris Johnson’s attempt to oust the Commonwealth Secretary-General failed dramatically at showdown talks in Rwanda today.

A meeting to decide whether to replace Labor colleague Baroness Scotland with Jamaica’s Foreign Secretary Kamina Johnson Smith – favored by Britain – lasted several hours as leaders battled over a verdict.

But after a few hours it was confirmed that Mrs Johnson Smith had lost and Baroness Scotland was reappointed for a further two years. The next election will take place in 2024.

A bitter briefing war ensued over the record and reputation of the former New Labor Attorney General at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting.

Ms Johnson Smith tweeted: “As I have said to many of you – if I haven’t made it, God wasn’t ready for me to leave Jamaica!”

In a secret meeting, world leaders conducted a straw poll to cut the candidates and then had to come to a consensus.

British officials were increasingly confident that Mrs Smith would take the top job – but other Commonwealth figures were not.

Ahead of the vote, a source told the Mirror that picking the Jamaican candidate would keep African nations from holding the next presidency for longer.

“They won’t vote to remove themselves from office until 2030.”

It is understood that British officials believed Baroness Scotland had failed to provide effective and unified leadership for over six years.

Sources also say she has racked up more than £600,000 in labor court costs.

But a source close to her hit back: “For six years the Foreign Office has been reporting that she’s trying to divide people – and then comes back and says she’s been divisive.

“It’s like trying to burn the house down and asking why doesn’t someone else put the fire out.”

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