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November 14, 2018

Guinea President Alpha Conde elected AU chair succeeding Deby

President Idriss Deby of Chad hands over to new African Union chairmanship President Alpha Conde of Guinea during the 28th AU Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 30, 2017. /COURTESY
President Idriss Deby of Chad hands over to new African Union chairmanship President Alpha Conde of Guinea during the 28th AU Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, January 30, 2017. /COURTESY

Guinean President Alpha Conde has been elected African Union chairperson succeeding Chadian President Idris Deby.

Conde was elected during the ongoing 28th AU Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, following the end of Deby's term on Monday.

The AU tweeted the results after African Heads of State took the vote.

The chairperson is the ceremonial head of the union, who is elected by the Assembly of Heads of State for a one-year term.

The seat rotates among the continent’s five regions – North, Central, East, West and Southern African.

Conde will now chairbiannual summits and represent the continent in various international fora such as the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), the Forum on China–Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the G8 and G20 summits.

The position was instituted in 2002 with former South African president Thabo Mbeki as the first chairperson.

The Guinea head of state becomes West Africa’s fourth holder after Olusegun Obasanjo of Nigeria (2004), John Agyekum Kufuor of Ghana (2007) and Thomas Yayi Boni of Benin (2016).

 

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