from SALMA GABSI in Tunis, Tunisia
TUNIS, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN political parties have welcomed recent developments in Liberia, Kenya and Zimbabwe as having shaped the outlook of the continent in the past year.
Dr Ramatau Tijjani Aliyu, the President of the Council of African Political Parties (CAPP), speaking in Tunisia, described the developments including the election of George Weah as Liberia President, retention of Uhuru Kenyatta as Kenyan head of state, and the ouster of longtime Zimbabwean ruler, Robert Mugabe as “landmark events.”
She was addressing the the tenth meeting of the Standing Committee of CAPP.
“On the political front we had the elections in Kenya, which became contentious and subject of litigation. We are very happy that this situation came to a resolution without resort to major instability or bloodshed,” Aliyu said.
Kenyatta was elected for a second term in October despite the opposition rejecting the outcome.
“Secondly, we also witnessed the change of guard in Zimbabwe in a quite remarkable turn of events which ushered in the current administration. We are also satisfied that the people of Zimbabwe seem happy with the development,” Aliyu said.
Aliyu was referring to the resignation of Mugabe under pressure of the masses and the military in November.
He had been in power for over 37 years. Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeded him.
Earlier this month, former global football superstar Weah was elected as the president of Liberia.
Aliyu pointed out the election of Weah represented their first successful handover of power and a victory for the opposition.
“Other political events also occurred or are ongoing across the continent and we urge our African brothers to take a cue from the good examples set by others and find a good resolution,” she said.
Aliyu lamented the instability in Libya, Somalia and South Sudan as well as the deadly landslides in Sierra Leone.
Founded in Sudan in 2013, CAAP is a non-governmental organization established by 47 African political parties.
– CAJ News