The New Dawn (Monrovia)

16 May 2013

Liberia: CDC Finds New Allies

The Congress for Democratic Change or CDC through its National Vice Chairman for Operations, Mr. Mulbah K. Morlu has attended an All African political parties' conference in Khartoum, Sudan, forming coalition with some major political parties on the continent, including the National Democratic Congress of Ghana, Patriotic Front of Zambia, and the ruling National Congress Party of Sudan.

According to a release, the CDC participated in a two-day conference of major political parties from 34 African countries in Khartoum, Sudan, which culminated to the formation of a continental body.

The Council of African Political Parties is a platform for more active engagement on the continent's social, economic and political initiatives and challenges.

Vice Chairman for Operations Mulbah Morlu, who represented the CDC to Sudan, said the first constitutive conference of the Council of African Political Parties, held in Khartoum from April 27- 28, 2013 came about through coordinated efforts initiated by Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP), under the theme "Together To Enhance Unity and Renaissance of the African Continent".

The conference ended with the adoption of the Khartoum Declaration, which formally launched the 'Political Parties Council', and constituted a 30-member Executive Committee, comprised of six members each drawn from Eastern, Central, Southern, Western and Northern Africa.

Liberia, Ghana, Senegal, Togo, Niger and Mali were elected representatives of the West African region to the Council. The conference unanimously elected Sudan and Zambia as Secretary General and President of the Council, respectively.

It also constituted five deputies to the Council, drawn from each region, and approved recommendations for the post of Vice Chairpersons from said regions to include Ethiopia for Eastern Africa, Algeria for Northern Africa; DRC for Central Africa; Senegal for Western Africa and Zambia for Southern Africa. Zambia's Justice Minister Winter Kabimba, also Secretary General of the ruling Patriotic Front was elected the first Chairman of the Council for a four-year term.

The Council's headquarters and secretariat will be in Khartoum, Sudan with the country providing the Secretary General to steer the affairs of the organization, in realizing its goals and objectives, such as complementing the efforts of the African Union in building peace, security and continental integration.

Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir, currently indicted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, formally opened the conference with a call to African States to choose their global partners carefully, adding that some had shown unchecked greed for the continent's natural resources. President Al-Bashir described the meeting as "one of the basic steps to complete the unity of Africa."

Al-Bashir, who is also the leader of Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP), recalled the struggles of the founding fathers of Africa, adding that it was time for the political parties to mobilize the people towards peace and sustainable development against unwarranted external influences.

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