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African Union to hold election to determine next chairperson
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African Union to hold election to determine next chairperson

The African Union will on Monday hold an election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to determine its next chairperson.

It is a race that began nearly a year ago and this will be a repeat election after candidates failed to win adequate votes in Kigali, Rwanda, last year.

Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed is in the running to succeed South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). She is the only candidate from the eastern Africa region.

If she lands the post, she will be the first person from the region to head the AU secretariat since it was established in 2002 and only the second East African chair in the history of the pan-African body initially known as the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

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