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Mahamat succeeds Dlamini-Zuma

CHIMWEMWE MWALE, Addis Ababa
CHAD’S Minister of Foreign Affairs Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the new African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson.
Mr Mahamat takes over from South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
He was elected into office yesterday at the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) by the heads of State gathered here.
Five candidates contested the position of AUC chairperson to take over from Dr Zuma, the first woman to lead the continental bloc of 54 member states.
Dr Zuma did not seek a second term in office after completing her four-year tenure.
The contenders were: Kenya’s Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, Abdoulaye Bathily, a Senegalese diplomat and academic, Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, and Mba Mokuy, a former political advisor from the ex-Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea.

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