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Seychelles founding President Sir James Mancham on important mission to Cairo, Egypt

Seychelles founding President Sir James Mancham on important mission to Cairo, Egypt (Forimmediaterelease.net) It has been announced that the former Seychelles President, Sir James R. Mancham, has accepted an invitation to participate in the Pre-Election Assessment Mission to the Arab Republic of Egypt. The mission has been organized by the African Union Panel of the Wise and is scheduled for June 4-6, 2011.

The mission is part of the systematic Pre-Electoral Assessment Mission, which the Africa Union (AU) has planned to make to some selected countries that are planning to hold Presidential and Parliamentary elections. It is to recall that the Peace and Security Council of the UN (PSC) met in January 2011 and February 2011 on the situation in Tunisia and Egypt. In pursuance of PCS’ call to the AU to take any initiative that is deemed necessary with a view to contributing to a peaceful and democratic transition, the AU agreed to deploy the Pane of the Wise to both countries. The mission to Tunisia took place on April 11-13, 2011, and the mission to Egypt, the one which the Seychelles former President is participating in, will take place on June 4-6, 2011.

Following the mission, the panel will brief the Peace and Security Council on the outcome of its consultation.

More concretely, the panel could convey the following messages to the new leadership in Egypt: (a) to maintain the ability of the people to freely express themselves during the constitutional reform period without fear of arrest of retribution, fundamental to any democracy; (b) the restoration of the confidence in politics as a moral project that transcends leaders, parties, and ideologies; (c) the smooth restoration to constitutional order; and (d) to ensure that the reform of the constitution will meet the people’s wish.

The mission of the Panel of the Wise to Egypt will be represented on the African Union Commission side by Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse – former Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and Secretary of the National Economic Council of Ghana and Dr. Brigaliam Bam – Chair of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa. Both of these personalities are members of the Panel of the Wise of the AU and will be assisted by their personal assistants and AU Political Affairs officials – and Sir James R. Mancham – former President of the Republic of Seychelles, who is a member of the Committee of Elders of COMESA and who will be assisted by Ms. Ruth Sakala from the Secretariat of COMESA and Mr. Terry Romain, Principal Economist within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seychelles.

The panel will have meetings with the following:

- The Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Minister of Interior
- Parliamentarians
- Mr. Mohamed El Barradei – presidential candidate
- Mme. Zoad Shalaby (Egyptian, member of the Committee of Elders of COMESA
- Multilateral partners: the League of Arab States, UNHCR, UNICEF, ICRC, ADB, IMF, World Bank, UNDP
- Civil society organizations, think tanks

“The participation of Sir James will be a very valuable addition to the African Union’s team. His participation will enable COMESA to respond to the decision of the African Union Ministers of Foreign Affairs adopted in Zimbabwe in 2009, which directed COMESA to join hands with the African Union and the international community to assist in finding answers to issues that can give rise to post-electoral violence,” Mr. Sindiso Ngwenya – Secretary-General of COMESA stated in his letter.

Former President Mancham is expected to leave Seychelles tomorrow evening in the company of Mr. Terry Romain. In a statement issued this afternoon, Mr. Mancham said: “Under the circumstances prevailing in the Middle-East today, this is no mean mission. What happens tomorrow in Egypt is extremely important if there is to be stability in this very strategic but troublesome part of the world.”

It is to be noted that former President Mancham returned to Seychelles only two days ago after participating at the 4th Nevsky International Ecological Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia.

PHOTO: Seychelles founding President Sir James Mancham / Image via timeslive.co.za

MEDIA CONTACT: Alain St. Ange, CEO, Seychelles Tourism Board, Email: alain.s@seychelles.com

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