Mauritania’s President, Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the African Union. With Mauritania’s emergence as the AU Chair, Abdel Aziz takes over from Ethiopiian Prime Minister, Haile Mariam Dessalegn.
The election was held in the course of the ongoing 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU and the result was announced on Thursday in Addis Ababa during the opening session of the AU summit.
Countries elected into the AU Bureau for one year include Zimbabwe which was elected as first Vice President and Democratic Republic of Congo, second Vice President while and Nigeria was elected as third Vice President.
While delivering his acceptance speech, Aziz pledged to promote the objectives of the Union. He also commended his predecessor for strengthening the role of Africa in the world. He lauded African leaders for their `tireless efforts’ in ensuring that Africa took its rightful place in the world. The new Chairman said “I am deeply honoured to be the chairperson of AU; this, for me, is a mark of confidence which I truly appreciate.”