Botswana: Botswana FM renews interest in AUC chairperson position

Gaborone, Botswana (PANA) - Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi has renewed her aspiration for the Africa Union Commission (AUC) chairperson post, after failing to clinch the position in July during the last AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Briefing reporters on Tuesday in Gaborone, the Botswana's capital city, Dr. Venson-Moitoi said plans are underway to secure her endorsement from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, following an approval by Botswana's cabinet.

She said the SADC regional candidature approval will be done at end of August, during the Heads of States' meeting in Lesotho.

She stated: "Endurance has got its own value in one’s own life. I am prepared to see this through, and I promising a vigorous campaign to clinch the position."

"We have learnt that perceptions count and that personal do carry certain weight," the Botswana foreign minister asserted.

In July, Dr. Venson-Moitoi could not garner required votes for the AUC chairperson. She got 23 votes, 13 short of the required 36 or two-thirds majority because 28 countries abstained from voting at the 27th AU Summit.
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