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New AU Chair First Woman to Hold Post

South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is the new AU Chairperson.
The new chair of the African Union (AU) is expected to stress economic growth and development, as well as women’s rights.

In Sunday’s election, South African Minister of Home Affairs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma defeated incumbent Jean Ping at the AU meeting in Addis Ababa. She is the first woman to hold the post.

South African Ambassador-at-Large Lindiwe Zulu praised the new chair, saying she will bring much to the post. This includes setting priorities for improving and building infrastructure, peacebuilding, greater involvement of women in politics and other issues and good relations between North Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Zulu outlined what she expected Dlamini-Zuma’s priorities to be in an interview with VOA reporter Joe De Capua. To hear the interview click on the link below.