The former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader, Dr Kizza Besigye, has been elected vice chairman of the International Democratic Union (IDU).
The global association of centre-right political parties worldwide announced the development at the 12th IDU party leaders meeting held in Seoul, Korea, on November 24. Speaking to The Observer yesterday, Dr Besigye said his election offers Uganda’s political opposition an opportunity to project its voice and issues.
“It is an extremely important platform with influential parties in government in countries such as the United Kingdom [where the Liberal Democrats are in a coalition with the Conservatives]. It obviously can help to lobby for the positions that we want,” he said.
Besigye said he became vice chairman of the IDU by virtue of being the chairperson of the African chapter of the IDU, the Democratic Union of Africa. According to the IDU statement, the New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, was elected chairman.
He takes over from John Howard, the former Australia Prime Minister, who has served as IDU Chairman for more than 12 years. Members are admitted based on their convictions to fight for liberty, freedom, equality and development.
The FDC president, Gen Mugisha Muntu, represented the party at the meeting. The other African elected to the IDU is Ghana’s Peter Mac Manu, of New Patriotic Party.
Source : The Observer