SADC to field one candidate for AU Commission chairmanship race

Addis-Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) – The 14 countries of- the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) are, at the next African Union Summit, to vote as a bloc for one of their candidates to lead the African Union Commission.
The next AU heads of state and government conference is slated for June in Accra, Ghana.
The Ambassador of Angola to Ethiopia, Manuel Augusto, told PANA Tuesday that SADC countries were negotiating amongst themselves for a suitable candidate to replace Alpha Oumar Konare, who is billed to retire as AU Commission chairman.
"All countries can field candidates.
We are going to discuss their qualities," the Angolan diplomat affirmed, adding that his country will not field a candidate for that position.
Augusto said that even if the subject was not part of the agenda of the two-day Eighth ordinary summit, SADC, however, started looking into the modalities for the election of the AU Commission leaders, including its president.
SADC is made up of South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Mauritius, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique, DR Congo, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

30 january 2007 21:32:00

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