Moussa Faki Mahamat Becomes Chairperson of AUC


Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chad’s Foreign Affairs Minister has been elected the new chairperson of the African Union Commission, in a vote held at the bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, yesterday.
Heads of state from the 54-member countries cast their vote in a private ballot. A candidate needs to secure at least a two-thirds majority, 36 votes, to be declared winner. After seven rounds of voting, the Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily.
The 56-year-old father-of-five succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the bloc of 54 states, who did not seek a second term in office after completing a four-year term.
Faki is not new to the workings of the AU, having previously served as the body’s chair of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.
Meanwhile, the AU is expected to vote on Tuesday whether Morocco, the only country in Africa that is not part of the organisation, will be re-admitted into the body.

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