Gabon, Togo Joins Commonwealth As New Members

Gabon and Togo on Saturday joined the Commonwealth , becoming the latest nations with no historic affiliation to Britain to enter the Queen Elizabeth II led English-speaking club.

On the final day of its leadership summit in Rwanda, the 54-nation group made up of mostly former British colonies accepted Togo and Gabon’s application for membership.

Rwandan’s President Paul Kagame, said at the closing press conference that “We have admitted Gabon and Togo as new members, and we all welcome them to the Commonwealth family”.

Since Rwanda joined in 2009, the French-speaking West African states are the first new members to join the Commonwealth.

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