Rwanda’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Louise Mushikiwabo, is expected to present her bid for the head of the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF), in October, against Michaëlle Jean, who is the third and current Secretary-General of the Organisation.
According to Jeune Afrique, Mushikiwabo has the backing of the Elysée.
The French publication said that sources confirmed Minister Mushikiwabo “is very serious” about presenting her candidature during the La Francophonie XVII Summit of the organization to be held on Friday, May 11 and campaigning on October 12 in Yerevan (Armenia).
It also said that several top sources in Paris and in two African member countries of the OIF are strongly supportive of her.
It is reported that the Canadian, Michaëlle Jean has since 2014 been unanimously voted.
She still qualifies to run for another four-year term at the Yerevan summit, but reports say France is pushing for “a possible challenger” to dethrone in the remaining five months of her tenure; thus the idea of Paris preferring the Rwandan minister on top of the list.
Notably, given the tainted relations between France and Rwanda due to the former’s role in the Genocide against the Tutsi in 1994, the move is not seen as a “surprise” , because President Emmanuel Macron has shown interested in mending the broken ties.
Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame is reportedly expected to visit Paris to attend VivaTech, an international start-ups exhibition on May 24-26.
Kagame last visited France in 2015.
The French publication has also reveled that Morocco has played a key role in mediating the two states and that France’s signal for mending the ties is seen via supporting Mushikiwabo’s candidature.
A clean politician, Mushikiwabo, now 56, has been Foreign Affairs Minister since 2009 and believed to have the right credentials to run the organisation due to her long CV of dids on an international stage.
She speaks surgical French and is very prolific English speaker as well.