ALN Newsletter—February 2007 Issue
In recent months, the ALN has witnessed exciting new developments that are bringing it closer towards becoming more effective and more relevant to the needs of its member parties. A new ALN Constitution has been adopted, the first ALN President elected, membership fees agreed and concrete steps have been taken for the ALN to expand the range of its activities, namely in terms of engaging in advocacy campaigns and increasing networking and exchanges of best practice among the member parties.
The articles in this newsletter provide a glimpse into some of our recent news as well as pertinent events in our member countries.
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Africa Network Officer
- ALN Holds First General Assembly Meeting and Elects ALN President, Dakar, Senegal.
- Burkina Party ADF- RDA Joins the ALN as Observer Member
- Mission Accomplished- Tony Leon Announces He Will Relinquish Party Leadership
- Democracy is More than Elections: The Experience of the Seychelles National Party– by Roger Mancienne, SNP Secretary General
- Zambia’s Fourth Democratic Elections: A Country of Minority Governments–By Tiens Kahenya, UPND Secretary General
- The Conflict in Cote d’Ivoire: What’s Next?–By Aly Toure, RDR Member and ALN President
- ALN Sends Message of Condolences to ANADER for loss of Party Leader
- ALN 2007 Election Calendar
ALN Holds First General Assembly Meeting and Elects ALN President, Dakar, Senegal.
The ALN held its first General Assembly meeting on Saturday 3rd February 2007, following the workshop on Advocacy and Lobbying at the International level which took place in Dakar, 31st January-2nd February. The meeting provided an opportunity for the members to reach agreement on outstanding issues and to discuss a plan of action for the Network for 2007. The meeting was also an opportunity for the members to elect the first ALN president; Mr. Aly Toure from RDR- Cote d’Ivoire.
Burkina Party ADF- RDA Joins the ALN as Observer Member
ALN members are pleased to welcome a new sister party from Burkina Faso, l’Alliance pour la Democratie et la Federation/Rassemblement Democratique Africain (ADF-RDA). A representative from the party attended the ALN General Assembly meeting in Dakar (3 February 2007) where he gave a brief presentation and answered questions from the ALN members present at the GA. All members then unanimously voted in favour of the ADF-RDA joining the ALN.
Mission Accomplished- Tony Leon Announces He Will Relinquish Party Leadership
In a statement delivered on Sunday 26 November 2006, DA Leader Tony Leon announced that he will not be seeking nor accepting nomination for the leadership of the Democratic Alliance when the Party Federal Congress convenes in May 2007.The following is an excerpt from his statement.
Democracy is More than Elections: The Experience of the Seychelles National Party– by Roger Mancienne, SNP Secretary General
2006 has been a watershed year for the Seychelles National Party. In July, it faced a critical presidential election which it lost only narrowly and on October 3, its leaders were beaten up by police at the entrance of the National Assembly building in Victoria. The two events showed that fair and equitable conditions do not come easily in a political system shaped by the one-party mentality. They also changed the party’s outlook and approach to politics. In other words, our experience showed that elections are not enough to say that a country has achieved democracy.
Zambia’s Fourth Democratic Elections: A Country of Minority Governments–By Tiens Kahenya, UPND Secretary General
IT wouldn’t be wide off the mark to suggest that Abraham Lincoln’s definition of democracy, as a government of the people for the people and by the people, has almost failed in Africa and Zambia in particular. Since Zambia’s return to multi party democracy in 1991, the country has so far held four elections, three of which have been widely disputed by the civil society and political parties as not reflective of the people’s wishes.
The Conflict in Cote d’Ivoire: What’s Next?–By Aly Toure, RDR Member and ALN President
Once considered a rare example of stability in the region, Côte d’Ivoire descended into conflict in September 2002 after a failed attempt to topple President Laurent Gbagbo grew into a rebellion that divided the country into two parts: the south controlled by the government, and the north, ruled by the insurgents.
ALN Sends Message of Condolences to ANADER for loss of Party Leader
During their meeting in Dakar (31 January-3 February 2007), and upon hearing of the death of ANADER leader Mr.Raphael KUMBU-KI-LUTETE, members of the Africa Liberal Network issued the following statement:
ALN 2007 Election Calendar
Parliamentary and presidentail elections will be taking place in some of the ALN member countries in 2007 as follows:
Senegal Presidential elections 25 February
Burkina Faso Parliamentary elections 6 May
Senegal Parliamentary elections 3 June
Morocco Parliamentary elections September 2007
Cote d’Ivoire Presidential elections October 2007
Seychelles Parliamentary elections November 2007