Without even her home country supporting her, Michaelle Jean failed in her bid for a second term as secretary general of la Francophonie Friday as members chose Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo.
The summit at Yerevan's Karen Demirchian sports and concert complex will be chaired by Armenian President Armen Sarkisian and the country's government, which has declared October 11-12 nonworking days in the South Caucasus country. "With the summit beginning (Thursday), no doubt this discussion will take place among the heads of state and of governments behind closed doors".
There are 54 countries with eligible votes.
Mushikiwabo did not name Jean in her acceptance speech, but she said that "each bill spent is important" and that no expense should be taken lightly. "But I doubt that".
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Michaelle Jean at the headquarters of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie in Paris, France, April 16, 2018. But a government source said the message has not changed: Ottawa will endorse the consensus choice that emerges from the summit.
Jean's spokesman, Bertin Leblanc, told The Canadian Press Tuesday there would be a reaction from Jean "no doubt calmly, tomorrow morning". They said that if a consensus emerged, Canada would join it to avoid having the summit overshadowed by a fight for the top job.
"The process of selection and appointment of the secretary general is in crisis, as demonstrated by the psychodrama the organization was plunged into for a week", said Coulon, who was an adviser to former global affairs minister Stephane Dion.
Jean has refused to back down, despite her diminishing chances of securing another term.
Earlier Tuesday, Quebec's premier-designate Francois Legault tweeted that there was a need for what he called a new style of management for the organization, and that his province would support African countries' consensus. But the kingdom has sent a letter to the OIF, requesting "postponement" of the membership application, said the organization.
Over the past few months, Jean has had to try to defend herself against allegations of her improper and excessive spending.
France is seen as wanting to support the Rwandan candidate to gain favour in Africa where its influence is waning to the advantage of China and others.
"Louise Mushikiwabo's candidacy highlights development of the French-speaking community, and regarding differences with France, especially their role in the genocide against the Tutsi, we will discuss it during the bilateral relations, " Olivier Nduhungirehe, Rwanda's secretary of state, said in June as the country its leadership bid for La Francophonie.