Zimbabwe Applies to Rejoin Commonwealth, Invites Poll Observers

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has officially applied for Zimbabwe to rejoin the Commonwealth and has invited observers to the general elections set for July. The southern African nation formally quit the Commonwealth in 2003 after then leader Robert Mugabe - who ruled since the country's independence in 1980 - came in for criticism over disputed elections and land seizures from white farmers.

Left: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Top-right: Flag of Zimbabwe. Bottom-right: Flag of the Commonwealth of Nations.

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