LI vice-president Diallo welcomes Robert Mugabe’s resignation from power and calls for Africa of change

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“I welcome the resignation of Robert Mugabe as the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe. It is now up to history to distinguish between what the country owes to its illustrious fighter who allowed Zimbabwe to achieve independence and the tumultuousness of Mr Mugabe’s 37 years of governance”, said LI Vice President on the Bureau, Cellou Diallo, former Prime Minister of Guinea.

He continued:

“The Zimbabwean people are now looking for a future that fits the era of change in Africa: an era of freedom, responsibility and rejection of the status quo.

“Democracy is the government of the people by the people and for the people”. It is in the name of this assertion of the former American President, Abraham Lincoln, that the African populations no longer want a long concentration of power in the hands of one person. The will to introduce a change of power, sacrosanct in the principle of democracy, is thus more and more evident in our countries. It is this changeover that promotes sustainable political stability and encourages economic emergence through the establishment of the rule of law, the fight against corruption, and social justice.

This Africa of change, which is what the Liberal International calls for, is fundamentally antagonistic to the fiddling of constitutions in order to remain in power. The African Union must not remain passive in the face of the movement that brings about this change. I urge AU to participate in this dynamism.”

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Je salue, au nom de l’International Libéral,  la démission  de Robert Mugabe de la Présidence de la République du Zimbabwe. Il appartient désormais à l’histoire de  faire la part entre  ce que le pays doit à son illustre combattant qui lui a permis d’accéder à l’indépendance et les vicissitudes   de ses 37 ans de gouvernance.

Le peuple Zimbabwéen est désormais en quête d’un avenir qui s’inscrit dans l’ère du changement que connait l’Afrique. Une ère de libertés, de responsabilité et de refus de statut quo.

« La démocratie est le gouvernement du peuple par le peuple et pour le peuple ». C’est au nom de cette assertion de l’ancien Président américain Abraham Lincoln que les populations africaines ne veulent plus d’une longue concentration du pouvoir dans les mains d’une personne. La volonté d’instaurer l’alternance du pouvoir, principe sacro-saint de la démocratie, est ainsi de plus en plus manifeste  dans nos pays. C’est en effet cette alternance qui favorise la stabilité politique durable et encourage l’émergence économique par l’instauration d’un Etat de droit, la lutte contre la corruption et une justice sociale équitable.

Cette Afrique de changement, qui est celle que l’International Libéral appelle de ses vœux, est foncièrement antagoniste aux tripatouillages   des constitutions aux fins  de se maintenir au pouvoir.  L’Union Africaine  ne doit pas rester passive face au mouvement qui porte ce changement. Je l’exhorte à participer à son dynamisme.


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