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The African Union Chair of the Commission. A Woman in Charge by Dr Yitiha Simbeye Part 3

*full series also published on Pambazuka: http://www.pambazuka.org/pan-africanism/chair-african-union-commission The first woman chair of the African Union Commission (AUC) was appointed in 2012 by way of what has been described as a‘…bruising election…’ and ‘…acrimonious contest…’. It took several rounds of voting after the first round ended in stalemate. In the final tally 17 countries voted against her. […]

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GOOD RIDDANCE, DR. DLAMINI-ZUMA by Dr Chidi Anselm Odinkalu

* also published on Pambazuka: http://www.pambazuka.org/pan-africanism/good-riddance-dr-dlamini-zuma In April 2016, Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma announced that she had decided to return to South Africa rather than run for a second term as the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union (AU). For close observers this did not really come as a surprise as she appeared to […]

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Why it doesn’t matter who the next chair of the African Union Commission is by Prof Babatunde Fagbayibo

When Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was appointed as the new Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC) in 2012, expectations were sky high. The former South African minister was widely respected, and optimists pinned their hopes on the experienced technocrat revolutionising the affairs of the dysfunctional AUC. 4 years later and Dlamini-Zuma’s first term is now coming […]

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