21 July 2016
The 2016 Republican National Convention was held in Cleveland, Ohio July 18-21, 2016. The International Democratic Union (IDU) sent a delegation including representatives of the Federal Liberal Party and National Party of Australia (see Documents International Visitors Program Participation List). The Federal Liberal Party is the member party from Australia. The IDU delegation participated in The International Visitors Program (see Documents for the RNC International Visitors Program) before convening for an Executive Meeting of the IDU following the RNC Convention (see Documents for IDU Agenda and Participation List of IDU Delegates. The meeting was Chaired by the Deputy Chairman the Right Honourable Tony Clement MP (former Treasurer, Canada in the Harper Government) in the absence of the Chairman the Right Honourable John Key MP, Prime Minister of New Zealand. Pictured partly obscured Colin Bloom (Director of Outreach, British Conservatives), the Hon Hryhoriy Nemyria (Chairman of the Human Rights Committee of the Verkhovna Rada, and the Deputy Head of the All-Ukrainian Union "Fatherland"), the Hon Tobias Billstrom MP (Sweden - Moderate Party; Member of Parliament, First Deputy Speaker), Eva Gustavson (Sweden - Moderate Party; Head of the Moderate Party International Office, IDU Auditor), Mahinda Haradasa (Sri Lanka), Peter Suhel (Slovenia - SDS, International Secretary), Former Prime Minister of Slovenia and Party President the Honourable Janez Jansa (Prime Minister of Slovenia from 2004 to 2008 and again from 2012 to 2013. He has led the Slovenian Democratic Party since 1993), Leonid Gozman (Russia - Union of Right Force SPS; Party President), Daniel Bjatmann-Simonsen (Norway-Conservative Party Hoyre; County Councillor); Tord Bergesen (Norway-Conservative Party Hoyre; International Secretary), Alfredo Ceasar (Nicaragua- Partido Conservador; Party President), Hamid Chabat (Morocco-Istiqlal Party General Secretary), Rahhal El Makkaoui (Morocco-Istiqial Party International Secretary) and Vladimir Gjorchev MP (Macedonia-VMRO DPMNE; Member of Parliament and International Secretary. Democracy building and reform through the Australian Political Parties for Democracy Program administered and audited by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.