Michaelle Jean, First Haitian and Woman to lead "la Francophonie"

Former Haitian governor-general of Canada, Michaelle Jean, was chosen Sunday after intense debate as the new head of the union of French-speaking nations known as "la Francophonie"... Congratulations Michaelle Jean...

PHOTO: Michaelle Jean at the Primature

Jean, who served as governor-general from 2005 to 2010, is the first woman and first non-African to be named secretary general of the International Organisation of la Francophonie (OIF).

A former Radio-Canada journalist whose family fled Haiti when she was a child, Jean was chosen by leaders attending a two-day summit of the French-speaking nations in Dakar, Senegal, after what diplomats described as "intense discussions" between leaders.

The 57-year-old steps into the shoes of former Senegalese president Abdou Diouf, who held the job for 12 years, after taking over from Egypt's Boutros Boutros-Ghali.

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Rev Jean Rhau says...

As a Haitian, I am very proud to see her in that position.

"La Francophonie" is not la "Cacophonie" if you know what I mean,
Congratulations!I have to admit that in 2009, my organization HRM Haiti Rescue Mission (I am the CEO)wrote to her about helping Haiti to prevent the much published prevention of the January 12, 2010 earthquake.

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