Head of the Commonwealth Queen Elizabeth II and her heir Prince Charles on Friday officially inducted St.Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr. Timothy Harris into the Commonwealth.
The induction is a result of elections for heads of government that have taken place in 21 Commonwealth countries – St.Kitts-Nevis inclusive- since 2013 when the previous Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was held in Sri Lanka. Dr. Harris attained the Prime Ministership when he led a historic coalition of Three Parties called Team UNITY, in to a landslide victory in elections held on Febraury 16th 2015.
Apart from Dr. Harris , other heads of state of ten Commonwealth members who were attending CHOGM for the first time included Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Alphonso Browne, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Prime Minister of Fiji Josala Voreqe Banimarama.
Others are Guyana’s President David Granger, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Malawi President Professor Peter Mutharika, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena and Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Keith Christopher Rowley.
Secretary General of the Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma hailed the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in the Commonwealth countries saying this has been signified in the 21 elections held since 2013 including that of Malawi.
In her address to the 24th CHOGM, Her Royal Majesty charged the leaders with the responsibility of showing leadership through their distinctive contribution to the betterment of close to 450 million citizens in Commonwealth community.Queen- Malta