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Govt still awaiting approval on Rahming’s ambassador appointment

  • Elliston Rahming.

Guardian Senior Reporter

Published: May 03, 2013

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The government is still awaiting formal approval from the United States government on the appointment of Dr. Elliston Rahming as Bahamas ambassador to the U.S., Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration Fred Mitchell said yesterday.

Rahming left for the United States last week and has assumed his duties as the country’s representative to the Organization of American States (OAS), Mitchell said.

He said the delay in the approval from the U.S. government was not unusual for diplomatic appointments.

“When you nominate someone as ambassador, the other country has to say it’s okay,” he said. “We have not gotten the [approval] yet.

“[With] the previous ambassador, I think he was chosen in August and the [approval] didn’t come until November.

“These things take some time.”

When asked if he was confident that Rahming’s appointment will be approved, he said, “I’m not going to speculate.

“I expect it to be, but I’m not going to speculate on when it comes.  It’ll come. In the meantime, he is the permanent [representative to] the OAS.”

Last month, Rahming took part in an official handover of leadership ceremony at Her Majesty’s Prisons.

He said he was proud that he could leave his post with dignity and clean hands.

“After eight years, I leave as I came, with my head unbowed and with my name intact,” Rahming said. “Despite the stubborn problems that persist, I believe history will confirm that I left the prison a slightly better place than I found it.”

Long-serving prison officer Patrick Wright has been appointed as HMP’s acting superintendent.

Rahming would replace C. A. Smith as ambassador to the United States.

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