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Mahamat upsets favorites to emerge AU Chairperson

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Mahamat upsets favorites to emerge AU Chairperson

​Chadian foreign affairs Minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat,  has been elected as the new chairperson of the African Union Commission.

The election held at the AU’s headquarters in  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday.

The vote lasted seven rounds, after which,  Mahamat defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathing to clinch the AU top job.

Two other candidates, Botswana’s Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, and Mba Mokuy, of Equatorial Guinea, also contested for the seat.

Mahamat succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who was the first woman to lead the AU which is a 54 states union.  Dlamini-Zuma did not seek a second term in office after completing a four-year term.

Morocco’s bid to  rejoin the Union was successful. Morocco was the only African nation who weren’t part of the AU, having left in 1984 to protest the admission of disputed Sahara nations into the then,  Organisation of Africa Unity, OAU.

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