African Union: Controversial appointment
The Economist - over 5 years
She came, she waited, she won
AFTER four rounds of voting, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, South Africa’s minister for home affairs, was elected on July 15th to run the commission of the African Union (AU), having eventually won the approval of 37 out of the AU’s 54 countries. The pan-African club will continue, as before, to be chaired ceremonially each year by a head of state, at present Yayi Boni of Benin, but for the next four years Ms Dlamini-Zuma will really run the show. South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), under President Jacob Zuma, her former husband, expressed delight.Ms Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman and the first southern African to hold the post. She is a polished performer on the international stage. And her appointment ends a lame-duck period after the organisation failed earlier this year to pick a successor to Jean Ping, a Gabonese former foreign minister of part-Chinese descent who has run the AU since 2008.An ANC stalwart, Ms Dlamini-Zum...
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