The Maldives has once again become a member of the Commonwealth of nations.President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the announcement on February 1, 2020. The Commonwealth welcomed its 54th family member after Maldives’ application for re-admission was approved.The Maldives first became a member of the Commonwealth in 1982 but former President Abdulla Yameen decided to leave it in October 2016, amid mounting pressure from the group over corruption and deteriorating human rights. President Solih’s cabinet passed to rejoin the organization, shortly after assuming office in November 2018. With Maldives’ reinstatement into the Commonwealth, the country’s flag will be raised at Marlborough House, the Common Secretariat, on the 6th of this month.
The country will now be part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kigali, Rwanda on June 22-28 2020.
Its Ambassador to the UK now becomes its High Commissioner, signifying Commonwealth membership.
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