African Union Commission's new Chairperson is from Chad

PUBLISHED: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 14:22:28 GMT

The heavily contested battle to chair the African Union Commission has been won by Chad’s Foreign Minister and former Prime Minister Moussa Faki. The 56-year-old beat two strong women contenders to replace South African-born Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the continental organisation. The Chadian was voted for at a summit of the 54-nation body in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa.

Faki beat four other candidates to the post. Among them Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s foreign minister who has had a diplomatic career of over three decades, Abdoulaye Bathily, Senegalese diplomat and politician, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Botswana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Equatorial Guinea’s Mba Mokuy, the third contender that is a foreign minister and the youngest contestant.

Faki’s main rival in the last round of voting at summit was Mohamed.

READ: Could this be the African Union’s next Chairperson?

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