World Bulletin / News Desk
The Council of African Political Parties (CAPP) said on Thursday that it hoped to become a leading mediator in a continent known for political conflict.
Speaking after a meeting with African Union (A.U.) Commissioner for Political Affairs Aisha L. Abdullahi, CAPP Secretary-General Mafie Ali Mafie said the council planned to coordinate with the A.U. with a view to mediating electoral conflicts in Africa.
He added that the CAPP had signed a memorandum of understanding with the A.U. to this effect.
"This cooperation agreement we have with the A.U. is our major achievement so far," Mafie said.
CAPP was founded in May of last year in Sudanese capital Khartoum by political parties representing 33 African countries.
"Our membership has now grown to 45 [member states]," said Mafie, a former Sudanese spy chief sacked in 1995 for alleged involvement in an assassination attempt in Addis Ababa on Egypt's then-president, Hosni Mubarak.
Asked if CAPP would be free of the influence of national governments, Mafie insisted that this was the only way to establish democracy and achieve good governance in Africa.
CAPP's founding charter calls for two political parties from each African country – with seats in their respective parliaments – to be represented on the council.
"We had to be practical," he said, justifying the decision to limit membership.
"The top two political parties [in each member state] will be eligible for membership," he said.Last Mod: 28 Şubat 2014, 10:11