ADDIS ABABA – Following seven rounds of voting, Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the Chairperson of the African Union (AU).

Running for the position of the AU Commissioner were favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal, in addition to other contenders such as Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana and Mba Mokuy, of Equatorial Guinea.

In the end, 56 year old Chadian diplomat managed to secure secure more two-thirds majority, or 36 votes, from the 54 member countries, leading to him succeeding Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa as AU Commissioner.

Faki isn’t new to the African Union, having previously held the position of Chair of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

– TGP Correspondent 

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