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Posted on Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:48

African leaders to elect new AU chairperson

By The Africa Report

African leaders will for the second time attempt to elect a new African Union (AU) Commission chairperson when they meet in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia next week.

Dlamini Zuma and Jean PingAn earlier meeting in January failed to elect a chairperson after the leaders failed to reach a consensus on who should steer the continental body for the next five years.

Incumbent Jean Ping of Ghana faces a tough challenge from South Africa's Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The two were unable to get the two thirds required to be declared winner.

It is unclear whether Ping will be running in next week's elections, although Dlamini Zuma is reportedly on the list of candidates running for the elections.

The summit was moved to the Ethiopian capital after Malawi's decision not to hold the summit, as a result of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's determination to take part in the proceedings.

Al-Bashir was indicted in 2009 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. Malawi is signatory to the ICC charter and Joyce Banda, the country's new president, threatened that she would have Bashir arrested if he set foot in the country.

The AU summit will also see the election of a deputy chairperson and a number of commissioners.

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 July 2012 14:09

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