Francophonie Summit ends in Armenian capital

Francophonie Summit ends in Armenian capital

Jean was the first secretary-general not to come from Africa since the position was created in 1997.

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.

Without even her home country supporting her, Michaelle Jean failed in her bid for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie Friday as members chose Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.

Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo has been chosen to replace Jean.

The worldwide Organization of the Francophonie (OIF) was to investigate the application of saudi arabia as a member "observer", therefore without the right to vote, on Thursday afternoon, in full voltage, after the mysterious disappearance in Turkey of the journalist saudi Jamal Khashoggi, very critical of the saudi rulers.

The minister is on the ballot for the post of Secretary General of Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) and the vote will be cast today at the summit for the body in Yerevan, Armenia. Did not work... But the Yerevan summit was marked by Aznavour.

Her spokesman, Bertin Leblanc, has said consensus must be reached by the heads of state and governments behind closed doors.

Rwanda has managed to secure support for Mushikiwabo's candidacy despite its poor record upholding democratic rights and freedom of the press.

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Mushikiwabo hailed the return of an African to the office.

"At a moment when we march toward the 50th anniversary of la Francophonie, lets ask ourselves here in Yerevan, in all conscience and in all responsibility, on which side of history do we want to be", Jean said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Quebec premier-designate Francois Legault took part in a family photo at the Francophonie summit in Yerevan, Armenia on Thursday. Among la Francophonie's 54 full members, only Haiti - her country of birth - continues to back her, he said.

Mushikiwabo had the support of France and many African Union countries going into the summit.

Mushikiwabo did not name Jean in her acceptance speech, but she said "each bill spent is important" and no expense should be taken lightly.

As she continued her bid for re-election to the post, Jean has in recent months criticised the media for its "smear campaigns, disinformation and defamation" about such things as spending on her OIF provided lavish Paris apartment and other issues.

At the dedication of the Charles Aznavour House and Cultural Center, Macron told those gathered that he and Aznavour were scheduled to meet at the ceremony, but alas the great singer's death on October 1 prevented him from carrying out that promise.

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