[La Libreville in english] Gabon to become member of the Commonwealth this week

Prince Charles is attended the Commonwealth Summit this week in Kigali © DR

A l’occasion de l’officialisation de son adhésion au Commonwealth lors du Sommet de Kigali ce weekend, La Libreville se met à l’heure anglaise et publiera dorénavant également des articles en anglais. En voici un nouveau. Bonne lecture ! 

Gabon will officially become member of the Commonwealth at the heads of state and governement Summit, held in Kigali (Rwanda) this week. A huge turning point for the country as well as for the rest of the french-speaking Africa. On this occasion, La Libreville has decided from now on to start publishing some articles in english. Here’s a new one. Have a good reading!

Gabon and Togo, two west African countries, will follow Rwanda and Mozambique in joining despite never having been under British rule.

Togo and Gabon are set to join the Commonwealth this week, becoming the latest countries to join despite having no historic ties to Britain.

It is the first time that new nations have joined in more than a decade, and the first time since 1995 that two have joined at once.

The two west African countries will follow Rwanda and Mozambique as the third and fourth countries to join the Commonwealth’s ranks without having ever been under Britain’s rule. Gabon is a former French colony while Togo used to be under German rule.

Their admission is due to be formally announced this week at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in Rwanda.

He will be joined by the Prime Minister on Thursday morning at the summit, which will feature a series of events and discussions between the leaders of the 54 Commonwealth members.

During his time in Kigali Prince Charles will also attend the Chogm opening ceremony and host a dinner for the heads of Government.

It is understood that his programme has been drawn up to reflect the wishes of the Rwandan government and he is also obliged to steer clear of anything that could be perceived as party political.

Source : The Times (London)