Rwanda’s Mushikiwabo takes the reins at Francophonie


By EDMUND KAGIRE
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Rwanda faces the daunting task of balancing its strategic interests abroad, specifically between Francophone and Anglophone blocs, as its Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo assumes the leadership of the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF).

The organisation brings together 58 countries and regional governments, representing 274 million speakers of French around the world.

Ms Mushikiwabo was elected on Friday as the Secretary General in Yerevan, Armenia, at the 17th Summit of the OIF. She is replacing Michaëlle Jean, a Canadian of Haitian descent, who in 2014 became the first woman and non-African to head the organisation.

Ms Mushikiwabo’s election came after intense lobbying by Rwanda, from 2013 when…

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