Chadian Minister elected Chair to African Union Commission
Written by: Our Reporter
Monday, January 30th, 2017, 16:37
Addis Ababa: Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chadian Foreign Minister has been elected Chairperson of the African Union Commission by Africa’s heads of State and Government during a summit in Ethiopia.
Moussa Faki Mahamat beat Amina Mohamed Kenya’s Foreign Minister in a hotly contested election to occupy the African Union (AU) top job. The election of Mahamat came after seven rounds of voting with other candidates from Botswana, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal.
Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the outgoing AU Chairperson had stayed on the job for an extra six months after elections failed to produce a replacement in July during the 27th AU Summit held in Kigali.
Ghana’s Ambassador Thomas Kwesi Quartey was elected Deputy Chairperson. The summit also elected the eight Commissioners to the AU commission.
Early Monday, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde had taken over as the new Chairman of the continental body from President Idris Deby of Chad who had completed his one year term.
President Conde said that he will take on the role and continue the momentum set by his predecessor to continue with existing initiatives in a bid to develop the continent. He pledged to tackle challenges such as terrorism, migration and to make the continent independent.
This year’s summit is under the theme: “Harnessing Demographic Dividend through Investment in Youth.”