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Vol 48 No 24

Published 30th November 2007

Mr Secretary Sharma

The competitors for the post of Commonwealth Secretary General were the dignified Kamalesh Sharma, 67, India's High Commissioner in London, and Malta's Foreign Minister Michael Frendo, a bustling 52. The verdict, officially unanimous, was actually arrived at after a secret straw poll; only Chairman Yoweri Museveni knows who voted for whom. There followed consultations, presumably about persuading Malta to withdraw so that the fabled Commonwealth consensus could be reached.

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