Paris- France (PANA) – Djibouti ambassador to Fran-ce, Rachad Farah, has expressed his co8untry's "total support" for the re- election of Abdou Diouf as Secretary General of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF).
The OIF will hold election for the secretary general post during its summit scheduled for 28-29 September in Bucharest, Romania.
"President Diouf has accomplished as head of OIF such excellent work that it forces respect and admiration.
We wish that he runs for the position again and that he is re-elected during the Bucharest summit," Farah told PANA here Thursday.
"He displayed the militant solidarity of Francophonie by coming on the spot in Djibouti last May.
We wish that the prospects defined between OIF and Djibouti are pursued under his enlightened leadership," the envoy added, assuring that several other states support the re-election of the incumbent OIF Secretary General.
France also said Tuesday that it would support the former Senegalese head of state, considering that "OIF has carried out under his leadership more visible political action".
"The year 2006 is also.
the year of a renovated and determined OIF, under the authority of its Secretary General, President Abdou Diouf, to carry out enhanced political action on the international scene," Brigitte Girardin, French minister of state in charge of cooperation and Francophonie, affirmed.
Aged 71, Diouf was elected OIF Secretary-General during the 9th Francophonie summit held in October 2002 in Beirut, Lebanon.
During his first term of office, he carried out an in-depth reform of the Francophone organisation marked by the adoption, in November 2005 in Antananarivo, Madagascar, of a new charter.