Congo President HE Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo has been elected the second Vice-President of the African Union (AU) during the 32nd Summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.
President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi (Egypt) took over full Presidency of AU from Rwandan leader Paul Kagame at the Sunday ceremony at AU headquarters.
The first Vice President will be Cyril Ramaphosa (South Africa), second is Tshisekedi, third Vice President is Mahamadou Issoufou (Niger) while the fourth Vice-President and Rapporteur remains Kagame (Rwanda).
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will be the AU’s next acting President in 2020 after Egypt’s Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
“We warmly welcome to the Assembly the new leaders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, His Excellency Félix Tshisekedi, and of Madagascar, HE Andry Rajoelina. We congratulate you, and the peoples of both your countries, for these important transitions,” Kagame said while handing over to al-Sisi.
Tshisekedi arrived Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Addis Ababa for his first ever AU summit since winning elections in December 2018.
In his first speech at AU, Tshisekedi hailed Ethiopia for the warm and fraternal welcome and hospitality extended to his entire delegation and to himself since arrival on the Abyssinian soil.
“I salute your great and beautiful country, cradle of one of the oldest civilizations in the world, symbol of African independence, which has been able to modernize and become one of the African models in sectors such as infrastructure, agriculture , services and good governance.”
This part of his full speech:
This context resulting from the elections that took place on December 30, 2018, consecrates the very first democratic and peaceful alternation of power, since our independence, and this in the respect of the Constitution.
This peaceful transfer of power between the outgoing President and the leader of the oldest opposition party has denied all the prognosis for the chaos announced after the elections. It is proof of the political maturity of our people. Throughout the country, this democratic prowess has been widely welcomed by our people who aspire to peace.
It is therefore with a very high sense of responsibility, and aware of the historical significance of this event for the people of my country, fatherland of Patrice Emery Lumumba, that I appear before you. Your Excellency, Ladies and Gentlemen, This witness passage also augurs a new era in which, on the basis of this democratic acquis, we must, relentlessly and relentlessly, further consolidate peace and security, fight against anti-money-makers, build a state of right, strengthen the policy of good neighborliness and peaceful settlement of disputes, neutralize the nebulae of armed groups who massacre and sow death and desolation in some parts of the country, especially in Beni and Butembo, in the Northeast.
It is worth recalling here that Africa is now faced with the spread of terrorism, which is a serious threat to the DRC, especially in the eastern part of the country, with the risk of exacerbating population displacements. That is why I appeal to all Africa to unite to put an end to this scourge. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, Our country Congo has suffered so much since it was Congo. The deadly wars we have been going through should involve all of Africa and the International Consciousness, so as not to favor or sponsor any attempt to revive the Congolese people the same atrocities that we have been decrying for more than twenty years. It is no longer acceptable that my country, the Congo,
However, through win-win partnerships, the DRC is committed to contributing to any action aimed at the development of its natural resources for the well-being of Africa and the rest of the world.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, In the strict respect of the deep expectations of our people and the international commitments of our country, I will invest during my mandate to bring the DRC back to its place within the African Union, that of a state of law, with vocation of hub-turn, an integrating core, a country transversal to the joining of all the Africas, in their cultural, linguistic and religious diversity.
We are determined to promote an integrated development of the Democratic Republic of Congo and, consequently, that of Africa, in particular through the fulfillment of the vision of the Agenda 2063, and by effectively promoting all the resources of our country.
While reaffirming our vocation and our legendary hospitality, we invite the states of our region to pool their efforts to find a suitable solution to the issue of forced displacement as well as that of armed groups operating along our respective borders.
Peace in the Great Lakes Region is at this price. With particular reference to the issue of internally displaced persons, my Government will strive to restore national harmony and stability, end ethnic conflicts and the activities of domestic and foreign armed groups. throughout the country.
My country has also recently repatriated ex-combatants to their countries of origin, in accordance with the Addis Ababa Framework Agreement, and calls for pooling the efforts of the States of the region to put an end to the question. repatriation of external armed groups.
Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, The profound and rapid changes we have witnessed in recent years make Africa the continent of the present and the future. By 2050, one in four people in the world will be African. It is understandable that to date, the discussions leading to the reform of the United Nations Security Council have not yet corrected the evidence that the representation of Africa in this body world is unbalanced.
I therefore call for renewed action by the African leaders that we are, in a spirit of unity and solidarity, so that Africa can quickly benefit from two permanent seats on the Security Council.
On behalf of the Congolese people, I wish every success to the deliberations of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union Conference. God bless our Union.