AU Political Affairs Commissioner Commends Morocco’s ‘Unwavering’ Commitment to Democracy Promotion

The Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security of the African Union (AU) Bankolé Adeoye commended, Tuesday in Rabat, Morocco’s “unwavering” commitment to democracy promotion. In an address at the opening of the 2nd training cycle for African election observers, which he co-chairs with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccan Expatriates Nasser Bourita, Adeoye stressed that “the Kingdom has shown a resourceful leadership to support democratic elections on our continent,” noting that the African continent has made “steady progress” in promoting democracy. Adeoye also hailed the leadership and support provided by the Kingdom of Morocco to the AU’s Political Affairs, Peace and Security Department. To address the various problems faced, whether political, social or economic ones, democracy is the best solution to all these problems, he added. This democratic solution can only be achieved if all components of African society, namely women, youth, civil society and others work together for Africa’s development, he said. He added that this also requires the respect of all human rights, including the right to peace. This 2nd cycle comes in this sense to strengthen democracy in Africa, through training competent and impartial election observers who are dedicated to establishing free and democratic elections, said Adeoye, calling for continued investment in training initiatives such as this. The Kingdom of Morocco is hosting from May 23 to 26 the second training cycle for African election observers, an important step in consolidating the Morocco-African Union partnership in the field of support to political governance in Africa. Following the success of its first edition, this second cycle is also marked by an increase in the number of beneficiaries, from 32 to 61, including 41 observers from the five regions of the continent to which will be added 10 young Moroccan observers.