S Africa’s Dlamini-Zuma beats Ping to become new AU chair

City Press

Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the new African Union (AU) Commission chairperson.

She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping, tonight, winning the fourth and final round by a majority of 37 votes.

Dlamini-Zuma was expected to address the media at the continental body’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

She won the first three rounds – 27 votes to 24 in the first and 29 compared with Ping’s 22 in the second. In the third round, she got 33 compared with Ping’s 18, which meant the former Gabon foreign minister was eliminated.

The election of Dlamini-Zuma’s deputy and eight commissioners was under way.

- City Press

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