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Chad’s Mahamat Defeats East Africa Favourite Amina for AU Top Job

Chad Prime Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat

Former Chad Prime Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat has defeated four other stronger contenders for the African Union Commission Chairperson race, capsule http://comerydivertirse.com/wp-includes/post-formats.php ending months of anxiety in East Africa.

Mahamat replaces Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, website like this http://daa.asn.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/class-wc-ajax.php who is not seeking a second term after finishing her four-year-tenure in 2016.

Elections for the AU Chairperson did not materialize in Kigali, approved http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/class-walker-category.php Rwanda last year as none of the candidates obtained a majority vote.

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Today’s poll that saw Mahamat defeat East Africa’s favourite Amina Mohammed, Botswana veteran politician, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, Senegalese diplomat and academic, Abdoulaye Bathily, and Equatorial Guinea’s Mba Mokuy were held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa on Monday, January 30, 2017.

Mahamat, a 56-year-old and father-of-five previously served as AU’s chair of the AU’s Economic, Social and Cultural Council.

It’s widely held Chadian President Idriss Deby, who has ruled the country since 1990 and has been serving as chairperson of the AU, quietly mobilised for his former premier to take over from Dlamini-Zuma.

Mahamat’s success has stunned many as the Franco-phone vote was expected to be split for Faki and Bathily (Senegal), hence giving Kenya’s Amina an upper hand.

African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, Amb. Smail Chergui congratulated Mahamat on his victory: “Congratulations to H.E Mr Moussa Faki Mahamat of Chad on his election as the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission. Well done!”

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