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Chad’s Foreign Minister elected head of African Union

Posted: 31 January, 2017 at 02:00 pm
Chad’s Foreign Minister elected head of African Union
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The united body of countries in Africa, African Union, The AU leaders on Monday elected Chad's candidate to chair the 54-nation body, headquartered in the Ethiopian capital.

In the election held at a summit, Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat beat Kenya's top diplomat Amina Mohamed to secure the post as head of the commission of the AU, reports by Reuters.

He secured 39 votes in the final round. Faki, born in 1960, has served as foreign minister since 2008. His previous posts also included a stint as prime minister.

Outgoing commissioner, South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, stayed in post an extra six months after leaders failed to agree on a candidate in July.

She is now tipped as a contender to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as South Africa's president.

Other issues being discussed at the summit include whether to approve the re-admission of Morocco.

The North African kingdom quit the AU's predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity, three decades ago amid a dispute over the body's recognition of Western Sahara, most of which has been controlled by Morocco since 1976.

The issue of International Criminal Court (ICC), which countries such as South Africa and Kenya say is a tool of Western imperialism is also being discussed.

However, Nigeria, Botswana and others insist state the Hague-based court is an important legal backstop for countries whose domestic justice systems have been compromised by civil conflict.

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