A Personal Reflection on Domestic and International Politics
Monday, 16 July 2012
It's Dlamini Zuma: South African named first Woman Chair of the AU Commission
Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has defeated incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon to win top post of 54-nation African Union Commission.She becomes the first woman to chair the African Commission. Her greatest challenge now is to reconcile the two opposing factions that led to her victory late Sunday, 15th July 2012. Sources say that she got most of her votes from the English speaking countries of Africa while Jean Ping got most of his votes from the French speaking states. This divide should be key in her attempts to bring the African continent together.
Dlamini other challenge is to resolve the Mali impasse.Her election has dispelled the belief that the chairmanship position of the AU Commission is a not a preserve of the 'big nations' of Africa. I hope she carries her duties diligently and with utmost zeal as stipulated in the Constitutive Act of the African Union.