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Haiti - Politic : Michaëlle Jean succeeds to Abdou Diouf at the head of the OIF
30/11/2014 09:54:25

Haiti - Politic : Michaëlle Jean succeeds to Abdou Diouf at the head of the OIF
Gathered in Dakar as part of the XVth Francophonie Summit, the Heads of State and Government members of the International Francophone Organisation (OIF) have officially designated today the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean as new Secretary General, she thus succeeds to Abdou Diouf and became the first woman to head the organization.

"I thank the Heads of State and Government of the trust they placed in me by appointing me Secretary General of La Francophonie. I would particularly like to thank the governments of Canada, Quebec, New Brunswick and Haiti for their unwavering support for my candidacy. I would also like to pay tribute to Abdou Diouf, exceptional man, who was able to serve the Francophonie with passion and reason over the past 12 years. I measure the task before me and I will ensure to take good care of the legacy that bequeathed us President Diouf," declared Michaëlle Jean.

In a short statement front the Heads of State and Government, Michaëlle Jean is committed to work with them and with the operators of the Francophonie, the Association of Francophone parliamentarians and civil society to implement the roadmap issued of the Dakar Summit. She stressed the importance of youth and the role of women and stressed the need to promote the use of the French language and strengthen economic action in the Francophone world.

"I am very excited to work with all these women and all these men who make and live the Francophonie everyday. I understand the needs and expectations of member states and governments of the OIF, while giving new impetus to the Francophonie. Together, let's trace the path of a modern Francophonie and forward-looking. The Francophonie of the twenty-first century will be at the service and listening of young people and women. Prosperous, it will combine the increase in trade and human and sustainable development for all," affirmed Ms. Jean.

Michaëlle Jean also commended the other candidates who campaigned to succeed Abdou Diouf as Secretary General of La Francophonie. She thanked them for their commitment and dedication while highlighting the unique nature of this campaign, a first in the history of the OIF.

"This campaign have make possible to identify new ideas, to debate and to meet the citizens of the Francophonie. My many meetings with political authorities, youth, women and civil society partners in all continents were essential for feed my reflection and allow me to make a real inventory of the Francophone world. I treasure memories of the experience, and I am convinced that the Francophonie grown out of this campaign," added Ms.. Jean.

Finally, Michaëlle Jean warmly thanked Senegal, host of the fifteenth Francophonie Summit, as well as all those who contributed to the success of this event.

About Michaëlle Jean :
Governor General and Commander in Chief of Canada from 2005 to 2010, Michaëlle Jean has occupied since October 2010 the position of UNESCO Special Envoy for Haiti. Great Witness of La Francophonie at Olympic and Paralympic Games London 2012, she has since that same year Chancellor of the University of Ottawa, the largest bilingual university (English, French) in the world. Born in Haiti, Michaëlle Jean, 57, is married to filmmaker and French-born philosopher Jean Daniel Lafond. The couple has a daughter, Marie-Éden, also born in Haiti.

HL/ HaitiLibre

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