Diouf's bid to head Francophonie gets nod in Kinshasa

Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- Congolese intellectuals have expressed support for the bid by former Senegalese President Abdou Diouf to become secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).
According to directors of certain NGOs contacted by PANA at the Kinshasa general Francophonie commission, Abdou Diouf has the required leadership stature and experience to be a good OIF secretary general.
Diouf, who is seeking to replace Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt, ruled Senegal for over two decades after the voluntary retirement of President Léopold Sédar Senghor in 1981, until his electoral defeat in March 2000.
A peacemaker, unifier and diplomat, he has the backing of the international Francophone community and several countries.
Speaking Sunday at a Francophonie meeting on the fringes of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, the incumbent Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade reiterated his support for Diouf's candidature.
Last week, Wade had sent an envoy, Pierre Goudiaby Atepa to Kinshasa to deliver a message to his Congolese counterpart, Maj.
-Gen.
Joseph Kabila.
Wade's special advisor said later that the aim of his visit was to seek DR Congo's support for Diouf's candidature.
He did not reveal President Kabila's reaction to this request.
The new OIF secretary general will be elected during the Francophonie summit from 18 to 20 October in Beirut, Lebanon.

04 september 2002 18:03:00




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