(In Pictures) Rwanda Set to Host Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM 2022

(In Pictures) Rwanda Hosts Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM 2022 (News Central TV)

Kigali, the Rwandan Capital, will be hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, CHOGM, between June 20 and 25, 2022, with the opening ceremony slated for Friday June 17.

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is a biennial summit meeting of the de facto leaders from all Commonwealth nations. Despite the name, the head of state may be present in the meeting instead of the head of government, especially among semi-presidential states.

Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state and is chaired by that nation’s respective Prime Minister or President who becomes the Commonwealth Chair-in-Office until the next meeting. Queen Elizabeth II, who is the Head of the Commonwealth, attended every CHOGM beginning with Ottawa in 1973 until Perth in 2011, although her formal participation only began in 1997.

In the past, CHOGMs have attempted to orchestrate common policies on certain contentious issues and current events, with a special focus on issues affecting member nations. CHOGMs have discussed the continuation of apartheid rule in South Africa and how to end it, military coups in Pakistan and Fiji, and allegations of electoral fraud in Zimbabwe.

Sometimes the member states agree on a common idea or solution, and release a joint statement declaring their opinion. More recently, beginning at the 1997 CHOGM, the meeting has had an official ‘theme’, set by the host nation, on which the primary discussions have been focused.

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