Statement of the Africa Liberal Network
Stevens Mokgalapa MP, ALN President
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The Africa Liberal Network is Africa’s largest political affiliation, consisting of 45 member parties from over 25 countries. The following statement and remarks are provided by the newly-elected ALN President, Stevens Mokgalapa MP, the South African Shadow Minister for International Relations and Co-operation (Democratic Alliance).
The Africa Liberal Network stands in support of its long-time partners and friends at the UK Liberal Democrats ahead of the general election set for June 8th 2017. This historic election presents a clear choice to British voters: to be a great friend of democracy and peace in the world, or to retreat into isolationism.
As Africa’s largest political affiliation, it is our view that the Liberal Democrats are the only party to standing for a united, open, and tolerant Great Britain. We share many values and principles with the party, including its position on Brexit, and uphold that it is these ideals which will serve the British public best in uncertain times.
The ALN also congratulates the LibDems on their surge in membership and recent wins in several by-elections across the country. Over 50,000 new members have joined the party since the European referendum. Increasingly, the British public are vocally and actively working against the hard Brexit pursued by the Conservatives and Labour parties.
“In a world where liberalism is under threat with the rising tide of populism, we must never fail to show support for our friends not only at home, but also abroad. We have a shared, global future, and together we must work to secure prosperity for all,” says ALN President Stevens Mokgalapa MP.
The network wishes the greatest of success to the Liberal Democrats, led by Tim Farron MP, and stands ready to support the LibDems in the name of freedom, liberalism, and democracy.
Luke Akal (ALN Coordinator)
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