Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, announced Thursday, at the opening of the tenth session of the Executive Committee of the Panfrican Organisation, that he will pass on the baton to his successor on 16 September, thus confirming his decision not to seek a second term of office.
It is recalled that the Chairperson of the AU Commission had announced, in his opening speech of the seventh ordinary summit of the heads of state and government last July in Banjul, that he will not seek another term of office.
Konare had subsequently sent a letter to the head of the AU permanent missions on 11 October 2006, a copy of which reached PANA, to notify him about the decision to quit at the end of his current term of office.
"I will not put up my candidacy for a second term of office at the head of the AU Commission," he had emphasised, adding: "I will not seek any mandate within the African Union".
So that his decision is perceived as irrevocable, Alpha Konaré had asked the head of AU permanent missions to inform the highest authorities of African countries, through their representatives.
Konaré's successor at the head of the AU Commission should be known next July in Accra, during the eighth summit of the heads of state and government of the Panafican organisation.
It will be incumbent upon the heads of state to elect the chairperson of the Commission.