South Africa’s missed Chance at the African Union

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On January 30th at Addis Ababa the Foreign Minister of Chad, Moussa Faki Mahamat, was elected as chairman of the African Union Commission. He replaces the South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who declined six months ago in Kigali to stand for a second four year term.  Despite South Africa’s rough campaign to get Dlamini-Zuma elected, once she was in office South Africa had the unique chance to prove to the continent that it is willing to lead and to take responsibility. Dlamini-Zuma’s refusal to stand for a usually normal second term confirmed the unconcern of South Africa in increasing its responsibility for the continent.

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