Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi was elected the new Chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia.
He will be taking over from Rwandan strongman Paul Kagame. The Egyptian leader will be succeeded by Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, in 2020.
Chairman are elected to one-year terms as part of assembly elections. Four Vice Chairpersons were are also elected. Joining Ramaphosa, the other three Vice Chairpersons were announced as Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of the Niger; and Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. Speaking at the event, UN Secretary General António Guterres stated, ‘African leadership, vision and compassion for migrants, refugees & displaced persons should be an inspiration to all. A peaceful & prosperous future for all Africans is good for everyone everywhere’.