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Vol 48 No 18

Published 7th September 2007

Africa moves up the agenda

Choosing a new secretary general, acting on Zimbabwe, admitting extra members and the probable appearance of several fresh leaders will keep the commentators busy at November's Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting

President Robert Mugabe, leader of an already suspended Zimbabwe, walked out of the Commonwealth club at the end of the Abuja summit in 2003 and since then, the venerable body has said little about Africa. Its effectiveness over the past four years has been diminished by the loss of Zimbabwe after long and tense discussions at Abuja, demonstrating a failure of the spirit of dialogue and diversity which the Commonwealth is meant to stand for.

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