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Following Robert Mugabe’s ousting from government, Zimbabwe has applied to rejoin the Commonwealth. Despite becoming involved in the intergovernmental organisation when it gained independence in 1980, the African country hasn’t been a member since 2003 when the former president pulled it out entirely, in response to its suspension over rigged and violent elections. While Mugabe’s replacement and former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa has vowed to hold fair and free elections, and voiced his aim of attracting foreign investment and repairing international relations, Zimbabwe’s harsh stance on LGBT rights will not sit well with some countries in the Commonwealth – particularly Britain as it makes strides to decriminalise same-sex relationships.

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