- Rodolphe Adada
Rodolphe Adada (born 28 April 1946 in
GambomaFact|date=October 2008) is a Congolese ( Republic of Congo) politician and diplomat. During the single-party rule of the Congolese Labour Party(PCT), he served in the government from 1977 to 1991; later, he was Foreign Minister under President Denis Sassou Nguessofrom 1997 to 2007. He is currently the Joint Special Representative of the United Nationsand the African Unionfor Darfur.
Adada, a mathematician, joined the Central Committee of the PCT in 1972. Under
Joachim Yhombi-Opango, he was appointed as Minister of Mines and Energy in the government named on 5 April 1977. He remained in the government under Sassou Nguesso, who took power in 1979. He served as Minister of Mines and Energy until 1984, when he instead became Minister of Mines and Oil. In the government named on 13 August 1989, he was moved to the position of Minister of Secondary and Higher Education, in charge of Scientific Research; [Rémy Bazenguissa-Ganga, "Les voies du politique au Congo: essai de sociologie historique" (1997), pages 241, 264, 280, 296, and 425 fr icon.] He remained in that position until 1991. ["Who's Who", "CONGO BRAZZAVILLE: LES HOMMES DE POUVOIR n°1", "Africa Intelligence", 29 October 2002 fr icon.]
After Sassou Nguesso returned to power in October 1997, Adada was appointed as Minister of Foreign Affairs in November 1997. He was promoted to the rank of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs in the government named on 7 January 2005. [ [http://www.congopage.com/article2171.html "Remaniement du gouvernement congolais : départ du ministre des Finances"] , Congopage.com, 7 January 2005 fr icon.]
Adada was elected to the National Assembly in the first round of the 2002 parliamentary election, held in May, as a PCT candidate in the first constituency of the 5th Arrondissement (
Ouenze) of Brazzaville; he received 67.46% of the vote. [ [http://www.brazzaville-adiac.com/index.php?action=depeche&dep_id=936&oldaction=liste®pay_id=0&them_id=0&cat_id=1&ss_cat_id=0&LISTE_FROM=60&select_month=06&select_year=2002 "Elections législatives : les 51 élus du premier tour"] , "Les Dépêches de Brazzaville", 5 June 2002 fr icon.]
Rodolphe Adada was to visit the
People's Republic of Chinaon behalf of the Republic of Congo, as announced by the Chinese government on their Ministry of Foreign Affairs website on 16 March 2004. [ [http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/wjdt/wsrc/t75178.htm "Minister Rodolphe Adada of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and French-Speaking Country Affairs of the Republic of Congo to Visit China"] , PRC Foreign Ministry announcement, 16 March 2004.]
On 8 May 2007, Adada was named Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the African Union for Darfur, in which capacity he is in charge of the
peacekeepingmission there. [ [http://www.reliefweb.int/rw/RWB.NSF/db900SID/YSAR-732T5U?OpenDocument "UNMIS Office of the Spokesperson press briefing 09 May 2007"] , United Nations Mission in Sudan(Reliefweb.int), 9 May 2007.] On 31 May, Basile Ikouébéwas appointed to replace him as Foreign Minister. [ [http://www.jeuneafrique.com/pays/congo_brazza/article_depeche.asp?art_cle=XIN70027nominsergna0 "Nomination d'un nouveau ministre des Affaires étrangères"] , Xinhua("Jeuneafrique.com"), 1 June 2007 fr icon.]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.