The rwandan minister of foreign Affairs has the free way to take the reins of the OIF for four years, since Canada has announced, with the province of Quebec, that it was withdrawing its support for the secretary-general outbound, the Canadian haitian Michaëlle Jean, who sought his re-election.
In front of the heads of state and government, Trudeau praised the work done by the former governor general and says Jean affirmed herself as ardent defender of women, in particular by promoting their right to an education and emancipation.
A spokesperson for Melanie Joly, the minister who oversees Canadian engagement in la Francophonie, said in an email that Canada would be supporting the "consensus view" on who should head the organization - Mushikiwabo has already garnered the support of France and the African Union.
Armenian Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan told the final press conference today that the gathering has developed a road map that specifies the goals identified as challenges facing the organization's member countries.
Canada may have chosen to abandon Jean partly for geopolitical and strategic reasons as it tries to secure a seat on the UN Security Council in 2020.
By virtue of its demographic explosion, of Africa, a continent on which are 27 of the 54 members of the OIF, having the right to vote, will represent 85% of francophones in 2050, out of a total of 700 million, compared to 274 today, according to the OIF.
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French President Emmanuel Macron had earlier in May this year endorsed Mushikiwabo for the job, saying that she meets all qualities.
Mushikiwabo reacted to Legault's statement by tweeting, "Quebec's support for the African candidacy is highly appreciated; it is the illustration of positive solidarity in the French-speaking world!" At the United Nations, they represent more than a quarter of the member countries.
"But at the same time we recognized - and it's a question of simple math - that if there's an African consensus around a particular candidate, we would respect that consensus", Trudeau said. Jean asked. "Are we ready to accept that democracy, rights and freedoms are reduced to mere words, that we make them meaningless in the name of realpolitik?"
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. Its primary mission is to promote the French language as an global language, as well as cultural and linguistic diversity in the world.
"I think it was outright wrong", Kagame said of Jean's message.
For Universite de Montreal researcher Jocelyn Coulon, the tense battle over the secretary general post should serve as a lesson to the organization.