Rwanda to host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2020

21 April, 2018, 14:04 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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A specially invited audience seated in the Ballroom of Buckingham Palace was introduced to Heads of Government and senior leaders from 53 Commonwealth Member Countries, as well as the Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland.

The position of Commonwealth Chair-in-Office, held by the government leader of the CHOGM host country, would be transferred at the summit from the Prime Minister of Malta to the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, who would hold the post until the 26th CHOGM expected in 2020.

After years of treating the question as too distasteful to discuss, dealing with a world after the Queen's death, leaders at the London meeting finalised plans during a private retreat at Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.

"It is my honest wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity for future generations - and will decide that one day the Prince of Wales will carry on the important work started by my father [King George VI] in 1949", she had said in her speech at Buckingham Palace.

The Commonwealth has confirmed that Prince Charles will be the next leader of the organization of Britain and its former colonies once he succeeds his mother Queen Elizabeth II on the throne.

She then went on to attend the formal executive session of the heads of government meeting, themed around "Towards a Common Future", which concluded in London on Thursday evening. "By continuing to treasure and reinvigorate our associations and activities, I believe we will secure a safer, more prosperous and sustainable world for those who follow us: a world where the Commonwealth's generosity of spirit can bring its gentle touch of healing and hope to all".


Moments before she spoke, Prince Charles made an informal pitch to take over leading the group of 53 nations, offering a small reminder of his commitment to the Commonwealth.

He continued, "By doing so, the Commonwealth can be a cornerstone for the lives of future generations, just as it has been for so many of us".

The queen is head of state in some Commonwealth countries, while others are republics.

According to BBC News, the head role is non-hereditary.

British Prime Minister Theresa May said the decision was unanimous, although it had not been a foregone conclusion.

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