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AU Commission chairperson re-election

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African Union Commission chairperson, Moussa Mahamat, has been re-elected to the same position for the period 2021-2024.

Mr. Mahamat went unopposed but still required to garner two-thirds majority votes.

And Rwanda’s Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as deputy chairperson of the African Union Commission.

She is the former Minister of Commerce and also Minister of State responsible for Economic Planning in the Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

Dr. Nsanzabaganwa is a Rwandan economist and politician who has served as the deputy Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda, since 2011.

The elections of the senior leadership of the African Union Commission were held during the 34th ordinary session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government summit and the 38th session of the Executive Council of Ministers.

Meanwhile, Commissioner for Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Development, Josefa Sacko of Angola has been re-elected for the same position.

And Commissioner for Economic Development, Trade, Industry and Mining, Albert Muchanga from Zambia has also been re-elected to hold the same position.

Dr. Mani Zeid from Egypt has been re-elected to the position of Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy while Nigeria’s Adobe Bankole has been elected Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security.

A female candidate from the northern region of Mauritania was eliminated top contest for the position of Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development since the region already won Infrastructure and Energy. 

And the African Union Executive Committee suspended elections for Commissioner for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation as both candidates were from the Southern Region namely South Africa and Zimbabwe.

The southern African region is already being represented by two commissioners.

Therefore, the new elections with fresh candidates will be conducted during the 39th ordinary session of the Executive Council in June, 2021 while the incumbent will in the meantime continue.

This information is according to the African Union Commission obtained by ZANIS in Lusaka today.

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