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Mauritania emerges new African Union Chair - Premium Times Nigeria
Nigeria is third Vice President
Chairperson of the African Union, AU, with its President, Mohamed Abdel-Aziz taking over from Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Dessalegn.
The election took place at the ongoing 22nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the AU.
The result of the election was announced on Thursday in Addis Ababa during the opening session of the AU summit.
Other countries elected into the AU Bureau for one year included Zimbabwe, which was elected as first Vice President, Democratic Republic of Congo, second Vice President; and Nigeria, third Vice President.
In his acceptance speech, Mr. Abdel Aziz pledged to promote the objectives of the continental body, and commended the out-gone president for strengthening the role of Africa in the world.
He also praised African leaders for their tireless efforts in ensuring that Africa took its rightful place in the world.
“I am deeply honoured to be the chairperson of AU. This, for me, is a mark of confidence which I truly appreciate,” he said.