Jean Ping puts revolts in Arab world down to youth economic problems

Malabo, Equatorial Guinea (PANA) – The chairman of the African Union Commission, Jean Ping, has on Thursday tackled the causes of the ongoing revolts in the Arab world, saying they are being caused by young peoples' aspirations for better economic and social conditions.

Mr Ping was speaking at the opening of the 17th African Union summit being held in the capital of equatorial Guinea, Malabo on the topic "Speed up the strengthening of youth capacities for sustainable development."

The African Union commission chairman said that the revolutions that took place in countries such as Tunisia and Egypt should, instead of being criticized, serve as examples for other countries so that they see to it that governance and the respect of the fundamental liberties for citizens are improved.

He said it was to express support and encouragement to the people in Tunisia and Egypt, where liberties are tangibles, that he visited both countries shortly after the people's protest movements that put of end to the regimes of Ben Ali of Tunisia and Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

He said that such events were part of the "remarkable progress" made by the African continent in the domain of the strengthening of culture and democratic governance.

30 Junho 2011 20:56:22

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