Rwandan president critical of Michaelle Jean's address at Francophonie summit
Secretary General of La Francophonie and former governor general of Canada Michaelle Jean walks to the podium to address a youth as peace builders working session at the 2017 United Nations Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday November 14, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Associated Press
Published Friday, October 12, 2018 5:58AM EDT
YEREVAN, Armenia -- Rwandan President Paul Kagame says critical comments made by Michaelle Jean at the summit of la Francophonie towards his country were unwarranted.
Speaking to The Canadian Press on the sidelines of the summit in Armenia, Kagame says the secretary general of the International Organization of la Francophonie and former Canadian governor general simply can't accept that someone else could lead the organization.
The Canadian is pitted against Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister Louise Mushikiwabo for the top job at the organization of French-speaking nations.
Kagame described Jean's comments during her final public address on Thursday as bitter and angry.
Jean criticized Kagame's country without naming it, urging representatives to not permit rights and democracy to take a back seat to partisan ambitions.
Kagame says he has confidence in Mushikiwabo, who has the support of France and several African Union countries.
Ahead of the summit, both Canada and Quebec said they would back the consensus that forms among leaders at the summit.
The results of the secretary general vote are expected later today.