Mutharika attends Commonwealth leaders’ banquet as Queen taps Prince Charles to lead  53-nation body 

Malawian President Peter Mutharika joined Commonwealth Heads of State at a state banquet  hosted by Queen Elizabeth II  at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday.

Mutharika being shown the entrance of Lancaster House with British Prime Minister Theresa May in blue suitand Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland.-Photo by Mana

The Queen speaks at the opening of the Commonwealth heads of government meeting. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images

President Mutharika among other Heads of State at Lancaster House in London where he attended the opening ceremony of the main CHOGM 2018 Meeting on Thursday.-Photo by Mana

The banquet capped off the first official day to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)  in London.

The leaders from all but two of the 53 Commonwealth nations are spending the next two days at CHOGM discussing a range of topics including security, trade and climate change.

In an unusual move, the Queen also appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to take over from her as head.

She said it was her “sincere wish” that the Prince of Wales one day take over the position.

The role is not hereditary and so will not pass automatically to Prince Charles on the Queen’s death.

Mutharika and other  leaders are to decide on the successor on Friday when they meet y at Windsor Castle, west of London..

But t leaders were likely to confirm Charles as successor to his mother, who turns 92 on Saturday.

“It is my sincere wish that the Commonwealth will continue to offer stability and continuity to future generations and will decide one day the Prince of Wales should carry on the important work started by my father in 1949,” Her Majesty the Queen said.

Britain also hopes to use the biennial two-day summit as a launch pad for stronger trade ties with Commonwealth countries after the U.K. leaves the European Union next year.

Michael Lake, director of the Royal Commonwealth Society charity, said the Commonwealth could be a “useful and productive stepping stone for the development of a new soft-power agenda.”

Gay-rights activists are also protesting at  the summit, urging the repeal of laws against homosexuality that are in effect in more than 30 Commonwealth countries — in many cases, introduced under British rule.

Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who attended a small protest outside the summit, said : “Commonwealth leaders need to realise that we are not asking them to accept or approve of homosexuality, we’re simply asking them to stop the persecution.”

The Commonwealth is officially committed to democracy and human rights, but its rights record is mixed. Many look with pride on the organization’s role in the 1970s and ’80s in trying to end apartheid in South Africa.

But many Commonwealth nations have been plagued by corruption or destabilized by coups. Zimbabwe’s former president, Robert Mugabe, pulled his country out of the group in 2003 after it was suspended for widespread human rights abuses. Gambia quit in 2013, calling the Commonwealth a “neocolonial institution.” It rejoined earlier this year.

Still, the Commonwealth provides support for democracy and corruption-fighting, and gives its smaller members a chance to be heard as part of an international network. Attempts to expand the club beyond former British colonies have had modest success, with Mozambique and Rwanda joining in recent years.

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Harvey
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So at 22 years Queen had already given birth??koma azungu Pena pake they let us down…..kuti tiyeni ku Africa at in ena umbuli….sad

Love my country
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Our leader is too OLD. Just on this picture here we can testify his age compared to the other guys. The colonies and beneficiaries who are pushing him to continue messing up the country (being a president) are not showing any love to him. “Mr. President please retire and enjoy your labour of many years back”.

Mwendapadera Speaks Out
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Mwendapadera Speaks Out

For so long the London has been promoting for democracy in Africa as a young man I don’t understand why should the leadership go the the son we need democracy in commonwealth as well. Secondly in Malawi we don’t give leadership to babies

Vuwana
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Mwandapadera, Prince Charles is not a baby. He turns 70 this year and by the time he succeeds the Queen, he might be well be going towards 80-years old. So don’t take the idea that he is the Queen’s son literally – as meaning he is a child. He is way too old honestly.

Zam'tonda
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Sorry Goodall the era belongs to the baby generation the best for you is seeking refuge in a dustbin you’re mouthing trash not worthy your experience and education attainments

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