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[rpd] [Community-Discuss] Sami's status as a co-chair

Andrew Alston Andrew.Alston at
Thu Dec 6 11:32:54 UTC 2018

Timothy – his term cannot simply continue – the community has not spoken or given him a mandate – and as Douglas and others said in that video – we cannot simply play with the process at will because we don’t like the circumstances of our own creation.

Right now in my view – there is ONE co-chair – not two – and if Sami’s tenure expired at the start of the meeting – and he had any hand in influencing the decisions taken at that meeting in Tunisia – then those decisions should be null and void.  My logic for stating that he was not a valid chair during the course of that meeting is found in the wording.

Firstly – until the meeting – not until after the meeting
Secondly – if you watch that video closely – what was stated was – Sami can co-chair this meeting BECAUSE of that vote – and the vote was taken at the start of the meeting.  That explicitly implies that the tenure started *because* of the vote at the start of the meeting – which implies the tenure ends at the *start* of the next meeting – when an election was meant to be held and wasn’t – as such – his term was NOT current during the previous meeting – and any influence on the decisions taken was invalid and invalidates the decisions themselves.

This means – effectively – that there can be no last call announcement during that meeting – because any and all decisions at that meeting should be voided.  This also avoids a complicated appeal process which I believe we are now heading into – because the decision is voided hence there is no need to appeal the decision.

That’s my take on this – I’m open to hearing other comments though.


From: Timothy Ola Akinfenwa <akin.akinfenwa at>
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Subject: Re: [rpd] [Community-Discuss] Sami's status as a co-chair

 ...and as per the legal counsel at the Dakar meeting – any position into which Sami entered – was only valid until the November meeting, and the co-chair goes on, on record on the microphone to further state that Sami was only appointed “Until the next PDP meeting”....

My opinion is that baring any of these circumstances, Sami was valid to have Co-Chaired the Hammermet PDP meeting and all decisions taken are still binding. We may then argue afterwards whether his tenure is still valid (based on the minutes as earlier clarified) or expired (based on the video recording).

Moving forward, since there was no other election since Dakar, I think it is logical for Sami to continue till the next elections. This will provide ample time for the community to resolve the myriad of issues surrounding the policies considered in Tunisia.

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