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ED Hopes new PM Boris Johnson will assist Zim to rejoin The Commonwealth

ED Hopes new PM Boris Johnson will assist Zim to rejoin The Commonwealth.

Johnson was on Wednesday invited by Queen Elizabeth to Buckingham Palace to form a government following the formal resignation of Theresa May over Brexit. President Emmerson Mnangagwa wrote an official congratulation letter to the newly-appointed Prime Minister of Great Britain, Boris Johnson.

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He defeated his successor as Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt whom he reportedly offered the Defence portfolio which the latter declined.

In his congratulatory message, President Mnangagwa said: Allow me to, first of all, extend my very sincere personal congratulations, as well as those of my Administration, on your election as leader of the Conservative Party and, thence, your appointment to the Office of Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

I wish you every success in your endeavour as you take on this immensely challenging task and lead the United Kingdom into a future filled with promise and potential.

I look forward to meeting you in person shortly, and to working with you and your administration as, together, we strive to return our once-formidable bilateral relationship to its rightful level, distancing ourselves from past differences and focusing instead on the future.

A key component of those reforms is re-engagement with all those nations from which we have become somewhat estranged over the past two decades or so. Rebuilding our relations with the United Kingdom lies at the very core of that re-engagement process and is an objective to which I and my Administration are fully committed.

We are, of course, equally committed to early readmission to the Commonwealth family of nations, a process which is already underway. In this regard, Honourable Prime Minister, I know I can count on your continued support.

In expressing, once again, my heartfelt congratulations to you, Honourable Prime Minister allow me to end by asking you to accept, as well, the assurances of my highest and most respectful consideration.

Brexit, which stands for the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northen Ireland’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), has so far cost the careers of two Prime Ministers, David Cameron who called for the Brexit referendum in 2016 and lost, and Thresa May who failed to convince her party to support her agreement with the EU.

Analysts believe that Johnson’s tenure will be shortlived if he fails to deliver a proper Brexit.

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