AU leaders back Rwanda to head 'Francophonie' group

2018-07-03 10:07
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

African Union leaders have backed Rwanda's candidacy to head the International Organisation of La Francophonie, the world association of French-speaking nations, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

"The African Union asked all of the International Organisation of La Francophonie (OIF) member states to support Rwanda's candidacy," a diplomatic source told AFP.

Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo, 57, launched a campaign last month to become the next leader of the French-speaking equivalent of the Commonwealth, despite her country's decision to prioritise English as an official language a decade ago.

"A decision of collective support" for her candidacy was made at an African Union summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott, according to another Francophonie member state's foreign minister.

The OIF comprises 84 states and observers. Its current secretary-general is Michaelle Jean, 60, a Haitian-born Canadian, whose term expires in mid-October. Ottawa is backing her for a second term.

Education and government business education in Rwanda is conducted in English, which was made an official language in 2008, a year before it joined the British Commonwealth organisation, but French is still spoken.

* Sign up to News24's top Africa news in your inbox: SUBSCRIBE TO THE HELLO AFRICA NEWSLETTER

FOLLOW News24 Africa on Twitter and Facebook

Read more on:    au  |  rwanda  |  east africa

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.