No winner at AU Commission top post poll

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - Monday's election of the African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson has been suspended after no winner emerged despite several rounds of voting.

The suspension, by the 18th AU Summit, means that the Deputy Chairperson will act as interim Chairperson until fresh elections are conducted.

The election pitched incumbent Jean Ping against South Africa's Interior Minister Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma.

In what is being described as the tightest race ever for the AU Commission's top post, the South African dropped out after losing the third round.

Yet, in the next round, Ping failed to obtain the number of votes needed (32) for him to win a second term.

Ping, from Gabon, won the first round 28-25, but did not garner enough votes to secure his re-election.

Dlamini-Zuma won the second round with a single vote margin of 27-26, but lost the third round 29-24 and then pulled out.
-0- PANA AO/SEG 30Jan2012

30 january 2012 10:37:47




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