Failed AU Commission Chairmanship election disappoints Mbeki

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Former South African President Thabo Mbeki is disappointed at  Monday's election of a new Chairperson of the African Union Commission, which ended inconclusive.

The election, by leaders at the 18th AU Summit here, was postponed after none of the two candidates - incumbent Jean Ping and South Africa's Interior Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma - secured enough votes to win.

The Deputy Chairperson will act until fresh election is held.

"He (Mbeki) was extremely disappointed that South Africa, his country, has divided the continent in this election. He was also disappointed with the result, considering that the failure of Ms Dlamini-Zuma would affect the leadership of the South Africa, both in Africa and around the world," an African diplomat told PANA on condition of anonymity.

According to the same source, who met Mbeki shortly after the vote, the former President was opposed to the nomination of Ms Dlamini-Zuma, fearing it will divide the continent.

"For him, it does not matter if South Africa loses or wins the AU Commission chairperson's elections, the damage is already done," the African diplomat said.

The elections were postponed after four rounds failed to produce a winner.

However, the election of the eight AU Commissioners is expected to be concluded Monday.
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30 january 2012 13:38:26




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