[Photo Gallery] South African Named First Woman To Chair AU

Date: 15-07-2012 11:39 pm (10 years ago) | Author: franel
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«§» 15 July 2012

The African Union has chosen South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its leader, making her the first woman to hold the post

Ms Dlamini-Zuma beat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon after a closely fought contest for the chairmanship of the organisation.

In January, neither got the required two-thirds majority, leaving Mr Ping in office for another six months.

The dispute has overshadowed other issues, especially security and trade.



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Voting had been broadly split along linguistic lines, with English-speaking countries tending to support Ms Dlamini-Zuma and French-speaking countries lining up behind Mr Ping.

Senior officials had warned that failure to resolve the leadership deadlock would divide the AU and undermine its credibility.

Long-serving minister


Ms Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, won the leadership of the AU commission in a third round of voting.

She got 37 votes at the 54-member body, giving her the 60% majority she needed to be elected.

The 63-year-old is currently South Africa's home affairs minister, and has also had spells as minister of health and of foreign affairs.

She is one of her country's longest-serving ministers.



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But critics said her candidacy had broken an unwritten tradition that the chairmanship should not be occupied by one of Africa's major nations.

Earlier this week, Mr Ping denied a South African media report speculating he was going to withdraw from the race.

His use of the AU's website and letterhead for his statement prompted the southern African regional bloc Sadc to accuse him of misusing AU resources for his re-election bid.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma's election came at a summit in Addis Ababa, the organisation's home city.

As in January, the official theme of the summit was boosting intra-African trade.

It is also due to focus on the continuing instability in Mali, mounting violence in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and tension between Sudan and South Sudan.


Source: BBC News


Posted: at 15-07-2012 11:39 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
- Ifemylove at 16-07-2012 12:30 AM (10 years ago)
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Congratulations to her..
Posted: at 16-07-2012 12:30 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- dlimelite at 16-07-2012 01:22 AM (10 years ago)
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Congratulaions
Posted: at 16-07-2012 01:22 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Shydaimma at 16-07-2012 02:34 AM (10 years ago)
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woww nice congratss

Posted: at 16-07-2012 02:34 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- maryclaret at 16-07-2012 03:27 AM (10 years ago)
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Okie dokie...nice achievement for her

Posted: at 16-07-2012 03:27 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- aso4life1 at 16-07-2012 03:33 AM (10 years ago)
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Congrats, Give women a chance and if she disappoint, let her know her errors, if she can not learn, let her go back home

Posted: at 16-07-2012 03:33 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Simon-Zeletus at 16-07-2012 04:13 AM (10 years ago)
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Okie dokie...nice achievement for her


Ada mbaise i fill you
Posted: at 16-07-2012 04:13 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Ecto at 16-07-2012 04:33 AM (10 years ago)
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What man can do.....
Posted: at 16-07-2012 04:33 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- yvonneobas at 16-07-2012 05:18 AM (10 years ago)
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Wat a man can do a woman can do more better,,CONGRTS MADAM!
Posted: at 16-07-2012 05:18 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- mickky21 at 16-07-2012 05:22 AM (10 years ago)
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congrats woman...........
Posted: at 16-07-2012 05:22 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- ebonypride at 16-07-2012 05:34 AM (10 years ago)
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nice
Posted: at 16-07-2012 05:34 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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- malvin2525 at 16-07-2012 05:38 AM (10 years ago)
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 Roll Eyes
Posted: at 16-07-2012 05:38 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- BendelArmedRobb at 16-07-2012 05:59 AM (10 years ago)
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una too much!!!coffee wey I dey drink for hia comot for my nose as I read this.
Posted: at 16-07-2012 05:59 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- SLOWFUCKRY at 16-07-2012 06:56 AM (10 years ago)
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Guy this one no concern us now. we all are keeping our dial on  Boko fm brother.
Posted: at 16-07-2012 06:56 AM (10 years ago) | Newbie
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- proly at 16-07-2012 07:33 AM (10 years ago)
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Congrat ma
Posted: at 16-07-2012 07:33 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Solidstonez at 16-07-2012 08:24 AM (10 years ago)
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CONGRATS

Posted: at 16-07-2012 08:24 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- Lekan22 at 16-07-2012 09:58 AM (10 years ago)
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Congrats.
Posted: at 16-07-2012 09:58 AM (10 years ago) | Gistmaniac
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- Nicksam at 16-07-2012 10:15 AM (10 years ago)
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GOOD
Posted: at 16-07-2012 10:15 AM (10 years ago) | Hero
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- Solidstonez at 16-07-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago)
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 Cool Cool Cool Cool Cool

Posted: at 16-07-2012 10:25 AM (10 years ago) | Addicted Hero
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- amansu at 16-07-2012 10:31 AM (10 years ago)
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Shouldn't chairman of AU be a Head of State?
Posted: at 16-07-2012 10:31 AM (10 years ago) | Upcoming
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