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World Summit of the Francophonie in Tunisia: a new postponement that arranges each part

03:13  14 october  2021
03:13  14 october  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The 18th Francophonie Summit, originally planned in Djerba next November, is postponed by the International Organization of La Francophonie (OIF). This postponement, formalized Wednesday, October 13, must "allow Tunisia to be able to organize this important body under the most optimal conditions", according to news releases from the OIF and the Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is the second postponement in one year, and everyone seems to get caught.

The official announcement arrived Wednesday, October 13: already postponed for the first time due to the sanitary conditions related to the Pandemic of Covid-19, the 18th Summit of La Francophonie, planned in Tunisia, is again postponed for one year . Some African embassies in Paris highlight the fact that Tunisia was not ready to host the delegates of the 88 Francophone states, explains Claire Fages , the RFI Africa Service.

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But in reality, since the power has been taming in Tunis and the President Kais Said has arrogated the full powers , organize a summit of the Francophonie in Djerba put the Member States of the OIF in the embarrassment. It seems that Canada has been the most active country to request a postponement.

"Report was the subject of a consensus"

on its side, France was increasingly uncomfortable in the face of Tunisian political hardening, denounced more and more openly by lawyers and activists of the human rights, in Tunis as in Paris. The official speech remains neutral however: "We were in favor of any accredited solution between the OIF and Tunisia," says a source at the Elysee, while in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it stresses that "the postponement of the Summit has is the subject of a consensus of the Permanent Council of the Organization.

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"The OIF is not a sanction organization"

Frédéric Turpin, professor of contemporary history at the University of Savoie and author of France and the political Francophonie. History of a difficult rallying, stresses that it is for the moment of a postponement and not a cancellation, as was the case in 1990 for the Summit of La Francophonie in Kinshasa, after the massacres of students in Lumumbashi.

"In Kinshasa, the intensity of the massacres of students had particularly shocked, not only in Zaire (former name of the Democratic Republic of Congo, under Mobutu Sese Seko, NDLR), but also throughout Africa and in the world whole. There is a break in constitutional order. It explains that we take a lot more tweezers in the way to hire a postponement with the Tunisian president. But on the other hand, we also try to keep all the ways of the possible dialogue. Because the OIF is not a sanctioning organization, but dialogue and mediation, "develops the historian.

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in Tunisia, the announcement of the postponement revives certain internal political tensions, reports our correspondent in Tunis, Amira silem . The exercise was delicate: it was a question of formalizing this new postponement without giving the impression that the country suffered a camouflet.

By making this news public, Slim Khalbous - at the head of the Francophonie University Agency - insisted that the summit would take place next year, still in Tunisia. A delay supposed to leave the country time to organize it under "optimal" conditions. Some opponents at Kaïs Saïed , like Moncef Marzouki, the first president of Tunisia post-revolutionary, asked for this postponement. Whoever qualifies the boost of July 25 of "coup d'état" hopes that a rapid return to the democratic order will allow his country to organize this event next year.

A lobbying in the unfavorandur of Tunisia that has earned him Aerbian Salves from Kaïs Saïed in several speeches, but also a certain animosity on the part of some Tunisians who accuse him of having worked to sabotage a little more the image of His country, while it crosses a period of turbulence.

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