The president general of the Democratic Party, Norbert Mao, has been elected secretary general of the Democrat Union of Africa (DUA).
The election took place during the organisation’s general meeting which was held virtually via Zoom.
The meeting attracted participants from centre right political parties from across Africa and was addressed by Ghanaian president Nana Akufo Addo who is the organisation’s patron.
Tundu Lissu, the flagbearer of Tanzanian opposition party CHADEMA in the ongoing elections also addressed the meeting.
Namibian leader of opposition, McHenry Venaani was elected chairman and he is deputised by John Boadu, the secretary general of Ghana’s ruling new patriotic Party (NPP).
Narend Singh from South Africa’s Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) was elected treasurer.
Four regional vice presidents were also elected including Nick Salat from Kenya (KANU), Dr. Elias Chakwera from Malawi (Malawi Congress Party), Dr. Agbo Emmanuel from Nigeria (Peoples Democratic Party) and Rahhal El Makkaoui from Morocco (Independence Party).
Mao will serve for three years alongside these other elected officials.
The Democrat Union of Africa (DUA) is an association of democratic parties in Africa and like-minded political parties of the centre and centre right.
Founded in Dakar, Senegal, in 1997, it is affiliated to the global International Democrat Union (IDU).
DUA provides a forum in which parties holding similar beliefs can come together and exchange views on matters of policy and organisational interest, so that they can learn from each other, act together, establish contacts and speak with one strong voice to promote democracy and centre, centre-right policies around Africa.
DUA was formed with a belief that a democratic society provides individuals with conditions for political liberty, personal freedom and equality of opportunity under the rule of law.