Obiang Nguema urges consensus in appointment of AU Commission chair

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The president of Equatorial Guinea and the immediate past chairman of the African Union (AU), Teodoro Obiang Nguema, on Sunday called on fellow African leaders, meeting in the Ethiopian capital for their 18th Summit, to appoint by consensus the future President of the Commission of the Pan-African organization.

PANA reports that the risk of a confrontation between the countries supporting the incumbent President of the Commission, Jean Ping, and the States in favour of the former foreign minister of South Africa, NKosozana Dlamini-Zuma, became very much pronounced as the summit got underway Sunday.

Quoting a reliable source, PANA reported that the South African president, Jacob Zuma, met on Saturday night in Addis Ababa, his counterparts, Idriss Deby of Chad, Boni Yayi of Benin and Denis Sassou Nguesso of the Congo, to lobby for the application of his country to the presidency of the AU Commission.

Gabon’s Jean Ping is supported by West Africa, Central Africa and parts of North Africa.

Nguema's appeal is aimed at preventing the Union being divided into blocks and weakening the continental body.
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29 Janeiro 2012 16:29:12

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