Jagdeo Says He is Not Interested in CARICOM Secretary General Job

As the people of the South American country prepare for elections, there are still some who feel that the constitution should be amended to allow the popular president to run for another term, but Jagdeo has, on many occasions, indicated that he has no interest.

Now some are speculating that perhaps he may make a good replacement for Edwin Carrington, as Secretary General of the Caribbean Community. However, that too has received a thumbs-down from Jagdeo.

Speaking to the media in St. Kitts at the just concluded 32nd Regular Meeting of CARICOM, Jagdeo said that the discussions on the appointment of a new Secretary General for the 15-member grouping, had continued with the emphasis being placed on finding someone whom the leaders feel could lead that challenge.

The Guyanese leader said CARICOM has to focus more on results rather than process, adding that while his country’s constitution barred him from seeking a third consecutive term in office, he was prepared to do whatever he can do, to continue to support the regional initiative.

But he made it clear that he was not interested in accepting the position of Secretary General.

“I will be a private citizen who I am not unhappy to be,” said Jagdeo, adding when the suggestion was made for him to take over from Sir Edwin, “I said I don’t want to be Secretary General of CARICOM.”

Asked to explain his decision, Jagdeo laughed, adding “I am just not cut out for it. I am not cut out for it. I don’t want to get into all of that. I just would not like to be Secretary General of CARICOM.

“I am not looking for a job right now,” said the president.


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