Veteran politician C.A. Smith will take office as the next governor general of The Bahamas on June 28, the Cabinet Office announced yesterday.
Dame Marguerite Pindling will demit office on the same day.
The royal family announced in an Instagram post last week that Queen Elizabeth II held an audience with Dame Marguerite, who relinquished her appointment as governor general.
Dame Marguerite, widow of former Prime Minister Sir Lynden Pindling, has served as governor general since July 2014.
In a statement officially announcing Smith’s appointment, the Cabinet Office said, “Mr. Smith is a committed civic-minded individual who has, for more than half a century, provided leadership to the Bahamian community and social and civic organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Kiwanis and Rotary organizations.
“A community and political activist from the 1970s, he is a founding member of the governing political party.
“Mr. Smith has served the Bahamian people as a senior Cabinet member and as ambassador/permanent representative to the Organization of American States and non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Malaysia and Colombia.
“Mr. Smith presently serves as The Bahamas’ non-resident ambassador to six Central American countries.”
Smith will be the 10th Bahamian to hold the office of governor general.
Earlier this month, in what he later described as “an unintended breach of protocol”, Smith announced that he would be sworn in as the country’s next governor general before month’s end.
Addressing a small group, Smith advised those gathered about his recent resignation as ambassador to Panama and five other countries. A video of the farewell speech made the rounds on social media.
Smith later apologized to Dame Marguerite and Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis for “any embarrassment” suffered as a result of the premature announcement.
Minnis told reporters last week it was unfortunate that society has digressed to the point where people can’t have a private conversation without someone recording it and posting it to social media.
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