The Commonwealth Chair-in-Office (CIO) is the chief executive and presiding officer of the Commonwealth of Nations, and is one of the main leadership positions in the Commonwealth. It is held by the host chairperson of the previous Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), and is maintained until the next CHOGM.
|Chair-in-Office of the|
Commonwealth of Nations
|Term length||2 years|
|Inaugural holder||Thabo Mbeki|
|Formation||12 November 1999|
List of Chairs-in-OfficeEdit
Elizabeth II (1999–present)Edit
|1||Thabo Mbeki||South Africa||President||1999||12 November 1999||2 March 2002|
|2||John Howard||Australia||Prime Minister||2002||2 March 2002||5 December 2003|
|3||Olusegun Obasanjo||Nigeria||President||2003||5 December 2003||25 November 2005|
|4||Lawrence Gonzi||Malta||Prime Minister||2005||25 November 2005||23 November 2007|
|5||Yoweri Museveni||Uganda||President||2007||23 November 2007||27 November 2009|
|6||Patrick Manning||Trinidad and Tobago||Prime Minister||2009||27 November 2009||25 May 2010|
|7||Kamla Persad-Bissessar||None||26 May 2010||28 October 2011|
|8||Julia Gillard||Australia||Prime Minister||2011||28 October 2011||27 June 2013|
|9||Kevin Rudd||None||27 June 2013||18 September 2013|
|10||Tony Abbott||None||18 September 2013||15 November 2013|
|11||Mahinda Rajapaksa||Sri Lanka||President||2013||15 November 2013||9 January 2015|
|12||Maithripala Sirisena||None||9 January 2015||27 November 2015|
|13||Joseph Muscat||Malta||Prime Minister||2015||27 November 2015||19 April 2018|
|14||Theresa May||United Kingdom||Prime Minister||2018||19 April 2018||24 July 2019|
|15||Boris Johnson||None||24 July 2019||Incumbent|
- "Our History". The Commonwealth. The Commonwealth. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
- Staff writer (28 May 2010). "Former Trinidad PM Manning resigns as political leader". CaribbeanNetNews. Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
Trinidad and Tobago's former prime minister Patrick Manning has handed in his resignation as political leader of the People's National Movement (PNM), three days after being defeated at the polls.
- Staff writer (29 May 2010). "Kamla now Commonwealth Chair". Trinidad and Tobago Newsday. Retrieved 29 May 2010.
The position she has inherited from former prime minister Patrick Manning following the nation’s hosting of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in November, 2009. In a statement issued yesterday, the Royal Commonwealth Society congratulated Persad-Bissessar on her appointment as Prime Minister and also praised the conduct of her election campaign.