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Aloun Assamba to be new London High Commissioner

Published:Tuesday | January 31, 2012 | 5:06 PM

Janet Silvera, Senior Gleaner Writer

Former tourism minister, Aloun Assamba, is tipped to be the new Jamaican High Commissioner to London.

Asamba, who is a lawyer by profession, will replace Ambassador Anthony Johnson who was appointed under the Jamaica Labour Party administration.

Ambassadors and High Commissioners often resign when an administration changes.

Aloun Assamba served as a minister under the PJ Patterson administration and stayed on when Portia Simpson Miller became Prime Minister in 2006.

However, she opted out of representational politics in 2007 citing an overwhelming challenge to be a minister and a Member of Parliament at the same time.

Assamba was the MP for South East St. Ann for only one term.

On her resignation from politics, she returned to City of Kingston Co-operative Credit Union (COK), where she had served as General Manager before entering politics.

Assamba is now a member of the COK board, as well as an Adjunct Lecturer at the Mona School of Business.

Meanwhile, there is no word yet on who will replace Jamaica's Ambassador to Washington Audrey Marks.

Marks is to return home in March.