Michaelle Jean Loses Backing Of Canada, Quebec Governments For Francophonie Leadership

Michaelle Jean Loses Backing Of Canada, Quebec Governments For Francophonie Leadership

Jean spoke briefly Friday, saying she was happy to have advanced the organization of French-speaking nations on the worldwide stage during her time.

In a speech today at the Francophonie summit, Jean urged representatives of member nations not to allow global organizations to be used for partisan purposes.

On the other hand, Quebec's Premier-designate François Legault had earlier stated that his new leadership will not support Mrs Jean for her re-election as the head of the OIF - vowing to join the African consensus he said "is full of potential".

The summit begins today with a vote for the Secretary-General position taking place Friday.

Jean has refused to back down, despite her diminishing chances of securing another term.

Over the past few months, Jean has had to try to defend herself against allegations of her improper and excessive spending.

The Rwandan government, of which Mushikiwabo is a high-ranking member, has been accused by various humanitarian groups of flouting democratic rights and press freedoms.

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Former governor general Michaelle Jean is showing no signs of withdrawing her candidacy for the top job at La Francophonie.

"When I arrived in Armenia, I immediately thought of a great man I loved so much, a great lover of the French language who died last week, the incomparable Charles Aznavour", Trudeau said.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame pushed back against the criticism in an interview with The Canadian Press on Friday, saying that Jean's comments came across as bitter and angry, given consensus had formed around Mushikiwabo.

For Jean, the address to the opening session of the summit of la Francophonie was a final stand ahead of a closed-door meeting of members Friday to choose the next secretary general. French President Emmanuel Macron had backed the Rwandan bid in a move widely seen as increasing that country's influence in Africa.Macron said Thursday that the future of la Francophonie goes through Africa.

Macron also highly appreciated the Yerevan summit as a good opportunity to bring together one family whose members 'live in different continents, believe in different gods, some of them do not believe in God at all, sing differently, and their country's histories do not stem from the same source'.

But embittered by the legacy of France's role in the genocide, Kagame, whose Tutsi rebels ended the massacre, ditched French in favor of English in Rwanda's schools in 2010. "To tell people who've made a choice that they are wrong - that it should be her and not everyone else - in that way, I think it displays the problem".

"It must be reformed to make it more transparent, which will give more credibility to the person elected".

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