Zille welcomes African liberals

2010-11-11 14:21

Cape Town - DA leader Helen Zille on Thursday welcomed delegates at the launch of the general assembly of the African Liberal Network (ALN) in Cape Town.

The ALN comprises 24 political parties from 19 African countries, and aims to promote liberal democratic objectives and principles throughout the continent.

The assembly, being hosted by the DA, has attracted politicians from Burundi, Senegal, Morocco, Kenya, Seychelles, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea and Mozambique.

It is sitting on Friday and Saturday in the Mother City.

"The general assembly is an opportunity to discuss the state of democracy in Africa, to share democratic best practice, and to support one another in our respective political contexts," Zille said.

ALN president Mamadou Lamine Ba, who also serves as Senegal's minister for international and humanitarian affairs, said liberalism was growing in Africa.

"We are coming slowly, but we are coming surely," he said.

Zille said the ALN represented, through its membership, more than 12 million African voters.