Election of Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as Chairperson of the African Union Commission (July 16, 2012)
On july 15, at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was elected as the new Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
France warmly congratulates Ms. Dlamini-Zuma on her election following a contest that reflected the very essence of the African Union for its member States. Ms. Dlamini-Zuma is the first woman to hold this post, and thanks to her great personal qualities and her political experience – she notably served as foreign affairs minister of South Africa for about 10 years – she will bring all her dynamism to the service of Africa.
We also want to thank Mr. Jean Ping, who was able to provide the necessary leadership to this function and to make the Commission a respected institution on the continent and around the world.
France is attached to a strong Africa that makes its voice fully heard in international forums. We again wish Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma every success.
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