Chad has given forth the new chair of the African Union Commission. One Moussa Faki Mahamat, the country’s Foreign Minister, and a former Prime Minister.
Faki has edged out Kenya’s Foreign Minister, Amina Mohamed, who was widely believed in some quarters to be the frontrunner. Top Kenyan government officials went all out to campaign and lobby for Amina to get the job; a campaign that cost the Kenyan taxpayer some Ksh. 350 million was launched. Mr. Faki was chosen as the African Union (AU) chair after a meeting with representatives from the 54 African member states at a summit held at the organization’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Upon the confirmation of his victory to become the chair of the African Union, Faki reiterated his commitment to steer Africa through economic development and attainment of security. Faki says development and security at the top of his list of agendas for Africa.
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On the security front, Faki comes with much experience as he has been at the forefront in the fight against the Islamist militants causing havoc in Nigeria, Mali, and the Sahel.
Before his election, …read more