Rwanda becomes a member of the Commonwealth
The African country was admitted at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad and Tobago, a statement from the group said.
A Rwandan minister said the move showed his country's "tremendous progress" over the last 15 years.
The former colony of Germany and Belgium is the second country to be admitted without a British colonial past or constitutional link to Britain.
Mozambique is the only other Commonwealth member without historic UK ties.
It joined the organisation 14 years ago.
Full story: BBC News, Nov. 29, 2009 - Rwanda becomes a member of the Commonwealth
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