Mushikiwabo becomes 4th SG of OIF
Written by: George Kalisa
Friday, October 12th, 2018, 6:24
Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo was on Friday unanimously elected the 4th Secretary-General of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) at the 17th Francophonie Summit in Yerevan, Armenia.
“Heads of State and Government of OIF member countries unanimously confirm Louise Mushikiwabo as the next OIF Secretary General following President Kagame presentation of Minister Mushikiwabo as Africa's and Rwanda's candidate,” said the Office of Rwanda’s President.
Mushikiwabo’s road to success started when she garnered the support from most influential francophone countries, including France putting her in a lead two months before the polls.
Political analysts, before Canada had withdrown support for its candidate and incumbent, envisaged that bilingual Mushikiwabo would trounce the Canadian Michaëlle Jean with a huge margin based on the massive support she enjoyed plus her big profile.
Heavy weight leaders in the OIF including the French President Emmanuel Macron endorsed her candidature. The President of the most influential Francophone nation in Africa [Democratic Republic of Congo] President Joseph Kabila also threw his weight behind her.
Mushikiwabo sailed on the back of unity and solidarity of African nations, search for solutions to youth unemployment and immigrants.
She had attracted the support of most leaders including Madagascan President Harley Rajaonarimampianina who is the current chairperson of the organization and President Idriss Deby Itno of the Republic of Tchad.
Her victory will win Rwanda great influence at the global level.
Rwanda subscribes to OIF, a body that brings together French-speaking countries worldwide.