Ethiopia: AUC names new Special Representative in CAR

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) – African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has appointed Mr. Mohamed EL Hacen Lebatt of Mauritania as the Commission’s new Special Representative for Central African Republic (CAR) and Head of the AU Mission (MISAC) in the country following the resignation of Major General Jean-Marie Michel Mokoko.

A statement issued here by the AUC said Mr. Lebatt has a wealth of experience both at national and international levels.

As professor in Law since 1987, he held important academic functions including that of president of the University of Nouakchott and Dean of the Faculty of Law and Economics, before assuming governmental responsibilities as Mauritania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (1997-1998), Ambassador to Ethiopia and Permanent Representative to the AU (2003-2005) and Ambassador in South Africa (2005-2007).

Mr. Lebatt was successively Special Envoy to Burundi (1998-2000) and to DR Congo and Chad (2008-2013) as well as Director of the Facilitator’s Office for the Inter-Congolese National Dialogue (2000-2002).

Paying tribute to the outgoing Special Representative, Dlamini Zuma expressed “sincere gratitude to Major General Mokoko for his leadership and commitment as well as his outstanding work and contribution to the stabilization of the country.”

She noted that under his tenure, the security situation in CAR progressively improved to pave the way for advancing the political process and the holding of elections in December 2015.

Also, the Chairperson called on all stakeholders to extend full cooperation to the new Special Representative to enable him to successfully discharge his duties in the best interest of the country.
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