African Union Appoints First Female Leader

African Union Appoints First Female Leader

The African Union (AU) has appointed South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its first female leader. Ms Dlamini-Zuma beat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon following a closely fought contest for the chairmanship of the organisation which was deferred for 6 months as neither got the required two-thirds majority.

Ms Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, won the leadership of the AU commission in a third round of voting which saw voting broadly split along linguistic lines (with English-speaking countries tending to support Ms Dlamini-Zuma and French-speaking countries supporting Mr Ping).In total, she got 37 votes at the 54-member body, giving her the 60% majority she needed to be elected.

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