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Jean Ping maintains his position until next summit as AUC election postponed

Monday, January 30, 2012

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — The outgoing African Union Commission (AUC) Chairman Jean Ping will maintain his position until next AU summit, as AUC election was postponed due to fierce competition, said diplomatic sources here on Monday.

The AUC members, including Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and eight Commissioners, will maintain their position until June 2012 when the next AU summit will be held in Malawi.

The AU has appointed President of Benin Thomas Yayi Boni as the rotating president of the African Union for one year on Sunday.

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Election of AUC chairperson postponed to next summit: SA official 

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — The election of the chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) is postponed to this July in the next AU summit, a South African official attending the summit said on Monday.

After three rounds of fierce competition, none of the two candidates — incumbent AUC Chairperson Jean Ping and Ms. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, current interior minister of South Africa — got the required two-thirds of votes. The AUC then decided to suspend the election, an AUC source told Xinhua.

Spokeperson of South Africa’s Internation Relations Ministry Clayson Monyela wrote on his twitter that the current deputy chairperson of the AUC, Erastus Mwencha from Kenya, will run the commission until the 19th summit in Malawi in July.

The competition for the AUC chairperson has been fierce in the election held here during the 18th AU summit. An AUC source told Xinhua that Jean Ping stayed ahead of Dlamini- Zuma in the three rounds of vote. In the first round, “it is 28 votes against 25, which does not give him an absolute majority,” said the official. In the second round, Jean Ping won 27 votes while the South African candidate got 26.

In the third round, they obtained 29 and 24 votes respectively. According to the AU’s rule, the chairperson must get a majority of two thirds of votes from members with the right to vote, that is, member states that are not under sanction. If not, automatically, a following round is imposed.

The Closed-door voting was held in the conference hall of the newly inaugurated AU Conference Center.

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Fierce competition in election of AUC chairperson: source

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) — The competition of chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) is going on fiercely in the election held here during the 18th AU summit, a source said on Monday.

An AUC source told Xinhua that the incumbent Chairperson Jean Ping stayed ahead of his only rival, Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini- Zuma, current Interior Minister of South Africa, in the fierce three rounds of vote. But he didn’t gain enough supports. In the first round, “it is 28 votes against 25, which does not give him an absolute majority,” said the official. In the second round, Jean Ping won 27 votes while the South African candidate got 26.

In the third round, they obtained 29 and 24 votes respectively. According to AU’s rule, the chairperson must get a majority of two thirds of votes from members with the right to vote, that is, members states that are not under sanction. If not, automatically, a following round is imposed.

Closed-door voting continues in conference hall of the newly inaugurated AU Conference Center, as Xinhua witnesses on the spot.

In 2008, Ping was elected with a breeze in the first round.

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AUC chief to be elected at African summit

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ADDIS ABABA, Jan, 30 (Xinhua) — An election is scheduled for Monday for the top post of the African Union Commission (AUC) at the ongoing summit of African leaders in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, according to African officials.

The election is set to run between 9:00 a.m. (local time) and 1: 00 p.m. as a spotlight of the African Union (AU)’s 18th ordinary summit opened on Sunday.

While the summit discussed the theme of “Stimulating Intra- African Trade”on Sunday, South Africa intensified diplomatic efforts to ensure the election of its candidate Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini-Zuma, who is the interior minister and ex-wife of President Jacob Zuma.

She is contesting for the position against incumbent Chairman Jean Ping, a Gabonese national.

President Zuma himself increased contacts with his colleagues for her success in the race for the post of the AUC chief for the next four years.

The election will be conducted by secret ballot and the winner needs two-thirds of the votes from the member states.

The electoral model is the same for the eight heads of committees to be chosen in the African bloc. There are 25 candidates contesting to head the committees, including 14 women, of whom, many come from the Central African region.

Political observers in Addis Ababa have told Xinhua that the contest between Ping and his South African rival is very close and that the overall winner may have to be decided upon during the second round of voting.

(Xinhua) 
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