Ethiopia: AU elects new members of its Peace and Security Council

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - African foreign ministers on Thursday elected new members of the African Union Peace and Security Council (PSC) bringing on board Congo Republic, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria and Zambia to hold seats on the 15-member Council for three years, PANA reported Thursday.

The PSC elections, which were one of the most anticipated events of the 26th African Union Summit, passed down smoothly with the election of the 10 other members to hold office for two years.

These are Algeria, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Burundi, Chad, South Africa, Botswana, Rwanda, Togo and Uganda.

The elections saw Ethiopia, which was expected to defend its seat withdraw from the polls. Tanzania, which was a member of the Council, voluntarily relinquished its seat, as the AU Executive Council conducted the elections.

The newly elected members states will assume their positions in April.

Algeria, Egypt and Tunisia showed interest in occupying the seats on behalf of the North African region. Egypt was elected to sit on the panel for three years while Tunisia did not secure a seat.

The new members elected on Thursday replace Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Guinea, Gambia and Libya, whose terms expired after serving between 2010 to 2015.

Burundi, which is a subject of the ongoing discussions on the crisis in the country, was elected to sit on the Council for another two years on behalf of the Central African region.

Most countries in Africa decided to follow an alphabetical order in the nomination and approval of the PSC candidates for their regions. Each state is elected to represent each of the five African regions -- East, West, Central, North and Southern Africa.

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28 january 2016 18:03:35

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