Paris-based Congolese oppose Lopez's bid to head OIF

Paris- France (PANA) -- A Paris-based Congolese association Has claimed that the country's ambassador to France, Henri Lopez, is not the right candidate to become the next secretary general of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).
Lopez and Senegal's former President Abdou Diouf are the two candidates seeking to be elected to that post when the OIF holds its next summit in Beirut, Lebanon from 18-20 October.
The incumbent OIF head, former UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali of Egypt is not seeking re-election.
According to Mafimba Motoki and Wilfrid Andzi, leaders of the "Rassemblement Action Contre la Dictature" (Rally for Action Against Dictatorship), Lopez's candidacy was a "negation of the supreme democratic values of respect for human rights and good governance to which the people of the Francophonie space aspired for".
According to the association, the one time Congolese Prime Minister represented the "illegal, criminal and dictatorial power in Congo Brazzaville".
The association's leaders told PANA in Paris that giving the post to Lopez would accord President Denis Sassou-Nguesso the international legitimacy Congolese people have denied him over the past five years despite his recent "electoral masquerade" in which he was re-elected.
They called for a Francophonie that was democratic and which upheld the principles of good governance and solidarity.
During his recent visit to Paris, President Sassou-Nguesso urged Francophonie leaders retain the candidacy of Lopez because he had the required profile to boost the OIF.
The OIF brings together more than 50 French speaking countries world-wide, a majority of them from Africa.

04 october 2002 18:02:00




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