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Rwanda campaigns to head Francophonie group

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<p>Rwanda has launched a campaign for the presidency of the International Organization of La Francophonie (<span class="caps">OIF</span>), and will try to to rally support on the continent at the next summit of the African Union in Kigali.</p> <p>Rwanda’s Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs told a press conference in Kigali Friday that foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has begun campaigning. </p> <p>“But for now we are campaigning for this post, and we will start by seeking the support of the African Union”, Olivier Nduhungirehe said.</p> <p>He added, Ms Mushikiwabo, 57, has already traveled to Cameroon to discuss her candidacy with Prime Minister Philemon Yang, and is expected to visit other African member countries of the <span class="caps">OIF</span> in the coming days. </p> <p>She will also travel to Nouakchott, Mauritania, for the African Union summit in early July. </p> <p>Rwandan president Paul Kagame, who also chairs the African Union, has written to the heads of state concerned to call on them to support his minister’s candidacy. </p> <p>“Louise Mushikiwabo’s candidacy highlights development of the French-speaking community, and regarding differences with France, especially their role in the genocide against the Tutsi, we will discuss it during the bilateral relations”, Nduhungirehe added.</p> <p>Rwanda replaced French with English as the official language in 2008. The next Secretary General of the <span class="caps">OIF</span> will be designated at the Francophonie Summit in October in Armenia. </p> <p>The last summit, in Dakar in 2014, saw the election of Canadian Michaëlle Jean, who is a candidate for her own succession. The Haitian- born former journalist has however been singled out in recent months for her lifestyle deemed glitzy.</p> <p><strong><span class="caps">AFP</span></strong></p>

Louise Mushikiwabo's candidacy highlights development of the French-speaking community, and regarding differences with France, especially their role in the genocide against the Tutsi, we will discuss it during the bilateral relations.

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