Moussa Faki Mahamat appointed Chairman of African Union Commission

Mahamat defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily after seven rounds of voting.

Created On: Jan 31, 2017 08:17 ISTModified On: Jan 31, 2017 09:36 IST

Chad's Moussa Faki Mahamat on 30 January 2017 was elected as the Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission.

Mahamat was elected through a voting held at the bloc's headquarters in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

Mahamat defeated favourites Amina Mohamed of Kenya and Senegal's Abdoulaye Bathily after seven rounds of voting.

The Chadian diplomat succeeds South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to lead the AU.

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About Moussa Faki Mahamat

Moussa Faki Mahamat is served as the Prime Minister of Chad from 24 June 2003 to 4 February 2005.

He is a member of the ruling Patriotic Salvation Movement (MPS).

He belongs to the Zaghawa ethnic group.

From 2007 to 2008, he served as the President of the Economic, Social, and Cultural Council.

Since April 2008, he has been serving as the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

About African Union Commission

The African Union Commission acts as the executive/administrative branch or secretariat of the AU.

It is headquartered in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Commission is somewhat analogous to the European Commission.

Thomas Kwasi Quartey is the Deputy Chairman of the Commission.

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