HANDED OVER AU CHAIR: Former AU chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma

South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has this afternoon officially handed over the reins to new chairperson of African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, who is from Chad.

The official handover ceremony has taken place at 3pm in the Nelson Mandela Hall at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In her farewell message at the beginning of March, Dlamini-Zuma thanked all AU commission staff, member states and partners for their contribution and support during her tenure as chairperson of the commission.

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The renowned activist for women’s empowerment said she was satisfied with the strong foundation in place for the realisation Africa’s Agenda 2063 and ‘wishes the incoming commission nothing but more success in implementing and championing the continent’s Agenda’.

Mahamat was elected by AU Member States during the 28th AU Summit of Heads of State and Government in January 2017.

Dlamini-Zuma is expected to arrive back in South Africa tomorrow.