Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, the representative of President of the Republic Abdelaziz Bouteflika said, Saturday in Addis Ababa, that “Algeria is today, and will always be, a defender and a committed actor of an African-focused continental organization.”
Ouyahia, in an opening address at the 11th African Union extraordinary summit, said “Algeria is today, and will always be, a defender and a committed actor of an African-focused continental organization,” run by Africans for the own interests of Africans, adding that it is an “organization where our national wills sovereignly merged together for the benefit of unity and solidarity.”
He also stressed the importance Algeria attaches to Africa, saying that it “considers its belonging to Africa as a key component of its identity and it remains committed to supporting other peoples and countries for liberty and development.”
The summit being focused on the institutional reform of the AU, Ouyahia underlined Algeria’s commitment to the process, expressing satisfaction with the consensus on a number of issues, and reiterating its call for pursuing the finalization of the aspects currently under discussion.
Ouyahia stressed a number of principles Algeria considers as “essential” for the success of the African Union reform.
One of them, he said, is “the principles and values stipulated” in the constitutive act of the African Union.”
The prime Minister stressed the need to maintain the procedure of electing the members of AU Commission, according to the criteria of parity and fair representation.”