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Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:51 - Updated Fri, 25 Mar 2016 17:51

SADC approves AU Commission chairperson candidate

Gaborone - The Southern African Development Community (SADC) indicated the current Minister of Foreign Affairs of Botswana, Pelonomi Venson-Motoi, as the region’s candidate for the position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, reads a note released by the Angolan Embassy in Gaborone, which ANGOP had got access.

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State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Augusto, represents Angola at SADC meeting (file)

Photo: Pedro Parente

This decision was taken during a meeting attended by ten foreign ministers of SADC member states, held Wednesday in the capital of Botswana, and in which Angola was represented by the State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Manuel Domingos Augusto.

The ten ministers received the mandate of the Council of Ministers of SADC, held earlier this month, for selecting the candidate of the Southern Region for the post of Chairperson of the AU Commission, which is currently occupied by the South African Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

The newly indicated candidate, who should compete for the post of chairperson of the AU Commission with the other regional groups of Africa, was chosen after the evaluation process determined her to be the best that meets requirements, taking into account the established criteria.

The ten ministers have also given mandate to the Republic of Botswana to, with the support of the Diplomatic Missions of SADC accredited in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and the SADC Secretariat to formulate a strategy and develop an effective campaign in support of the candidate of Southern Africa.

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