Kenya: Chadian Foreign Minister elected new AU Chairperson

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Chadian foreign minister Moussa Faki Mahamat was elected the new Chairperson of the AU Commission on Monday during the 28th ordinary session of the AU Summit, after a landmark seventh round vote, officials said.

Chadian foreign minister since 2008, he scored the majority vote from the 53 members to emerge the winner, defeating the closest challenger, Kenyan foreign minister Amina Mohamed, who was thought to be the favourite to win after a massive campaign.

"After the seventh round of voting, Chad was elected as the new Chairperson. Kenya congratulates him and wishes him well. Kenya is grateful to the role played by the outgoing Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma," said Manoah Esipisu, the spokesperson for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, after the end of the voting.

The Chadian minister was appointed Prime Minister in 2003 but served briefly in the post.

Mahamat, is a close ally of the Chadian President who handed over the Chairmanship of the AU Summit on Monday, hours before the election.

The Kenyan candidate emerged the first round winner with 16 votes with the Chadian coming second with 14 votes.

Senegalese candidate, Prof. Bathily Abdoulaye, emerged with 10 votes in the first round of the voting with Botswana's foreign Minister Pelomeni Verson Moitoi, coming fourth in the race also with 10 votes. Equatorial Guinea's Agapito Mba Mokuy emerged last with three votes.

The Chadian candidate emerged the winner of the fifth round with 28-25 and later won the sixth round.
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30 january 2017 16:58:36

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