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Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma

The incompetent and flamboyant ex-Commissioner of the African Union – Jean Ping – is now history. It is simply gratifying and indeed a good omen seeing him left office with his head down.  We are expecting leadership form the new and first women Chairman of the AU Commission, Ms. Dlamini Zuma.

Jean Ping and his lame duck leadership of the AU has ended with his defeat. Alas!

By Reuters,

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma , South Africa’s minister of home affairs, was on Sunday elected as the first female head of the African Union Commission.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma, who received 37 votes in the last round of voting, needing 34 to win, defeated incumbent and rival Jean Ping of Gabon, who had headed the steering body of the 54-member organisation since 2008.

A failure by the AU to resolve the leadership contest between candidates from rival English- and French-speaking blocs at its summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, would have divided the continental body and undermined its credibility in the world.  Continue reading Jean Ping Lost AU Chairmanship to Dlamini-Zuma

Eritrea Reopens its African Union Mission in Ethiopia

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Eritrea has reopened its mission to the African Union, ending years of self-imposed exile from the continental organization. But diplomats say the move does not signal a thaw in relations between Eritrea and its archrival, the African Union host Ethiopia.

Eritrea’s ambassador to the African Union Girma Asmerom Tesfay presented credentials this week to AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping. An AU statement said Ping expressed delight at seeing Eritrea return to the 53-member organization after several years’ absence.     Continue reading Eritrea Reopens its African Union Mission in Ethiopia