Bongo for review of Francophonie head's election system

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabonese President Omar Bongo on Thursday called for changes in the procedure of electing the secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).
Bongo said this in Libreville on his return from Beirut, Lebanon where the former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf was elected to the post contrary to an earlier decision by leaders from African French speaking countries.
"There is need to define the mode of election of the secretary general of the Intergovernmental Francophonie organisation," the Gabonese president said.
"There is no text which clearly specifies whether (the secretary general) has to be elected or chosen," he pointed out.
According to the Gabonese leader, the current mechanism for electing the OIF secretary general is faulty because of the dual desire to resort to an "election" while giving precedence to "consensus" at the same time.
Turning to the circumstances which led to Abdou Diouf's election, the Gabonese president, who was backing Congo Brazzaville's Henri Lopes, said that central African leaders allowed it to happen so as not to divide Africa.
That was why they accepted the withdrawal of Henri Lopes while promising to prevent a recurrence of such a situation in future.
The 2006 Francophonie summit in Burkina Faso will certainly examine the issue before the renewal of the mandate of the incumbent OIF secretary general, elected for four years.

24 octobre 2002 21:42:00

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