Cameroonian paper accuses Chirac of forcing Diouf on OIF

Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- While state-owned Cameroon Tribune Monday reported without comment on Sunday's election of former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf as Secretary General of the International Organisation of Francophonie (OIF), the private daily Mutations has accused France of facilitating Diouf's victory.
"The consensus .
is that it was a power grab by French diplomacy," Mutations said of the election in the Lebanese capital.
Apart from Diouf, Congo Brazzaville's Ambassador to Paris Henri Lopez, who was supported by Central Africa, also vied for the OIF top post, vacated by former UN Secretary General, Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt.
Mutations claimed that "Abdou Diouf, Jacques Chirac's candidate, failed to achieve unanimity in the African family.
" It quoted Gabonese President Omar Bongo as demanding "Central Africa's share in the Francophone family.
" "The French President had to intervene in this African battle, by unsuccessfully suggesting to (President of Congo Brazzaville) Denis Sassou Nguesso to withdraw his compatriot's bid, and by playing on the leverage of French diplomacy to force Henri Lopez to step down," Mutations charged.

21 octobre 2002 14:00:00

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