7 facts about the new African Union Chair, Moussa Faki Mahamat
Chad’s Moussa Faki Mahamat has been elected as the new chairperson of the African
Manamat won in a seven round vote held at the bloc’s headquarters in the Ethiopian
capital, Addis Ababa, on Monday.
The Chadian foreign affairs minister defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and
Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily.
The 56-year-old and father-of-five succeeds South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma,
the first woman to lead the bloc of 54 states, who did not seek a second term in
office after completing a four-year term.
Faki is not new to the workings of the AU, having previously served as the body’s
chair of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council.
Heads of state from the 54-member countries cast their vote in a private ballot.
A candidate needs to secure at least a two-thirds majority, 36 votes, to be declared
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