Nominations For The Next AU Chairperson Open Again

Following last month’s elections at July’s summit in Kigali, Rwanda that failed to produce the next African Union Commission chairperson, nominations have opened again, to elect a replacement for Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.


In a press release on Wednesday, the continental body said that countries have until the end of September to formally nominate candidates for the position of chairperson and deputy chairperson our foreign minister, Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, would be throwing her hat in the ring once again, after failing to make the cut at the summit.

Moitoi managed to get the most votes out of all the three candidates at last month’s AU summit, but with 13 out of 54 votes, didn’t muster the two-thirds majority needed to be elected to the position of AU chairperson. We once again pledge our support to her,and hope she gets convincing numbers this time around. Dlamini-Zuma has agreed to stay on until the January summit, even though the AU’s rules provided for her deputy, Erastus Mwencha, to step up and fill that role.

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