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Sir Shridath 'Sonny' Ramphal becomes the second Commonwealth Secretary-General

1975

Sir Shridath ‘Sonny’ Ramphal QC of Guyana served as Commonwealth Secretary-General from 1975 to 1990.

Sir Shridath became the Commonwealth Secretary-General in June 1975, on unanimous election by Commonwealth Heads of Government, and was subsequently re-elected on two occasions - first at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Lusaka, Zambia, in August 1979, and again at the 1983 summit in New Delhi, India.

The period of Sir Shridath’s stewardship saw Commonwealth membership grow from 34 countries in mid-1975 to 49 in 1990, nearly one-third of the international community of nations embracing a quarter of the world’s population.