AU chair Jean Ping wants second term

2011-10-14 22:37

kalahari.com

Addis Ababa - The chairpersonof the African Union Commission Jean Ping will seek a second term in office, Gabon's ambassador to Ethiopia and the AU said on Friday.

"Yes, it's official," William Anguile told AFP, adding the incumbent Ping, who is Gabonese, has the full support of his government.

Ping faces competition from South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

The AU will vote in January for the chairmanship held since 2008 by Ping, who served as foreign minister and is a former president of the United Nations General Assembly.

Anguile said he believed Ping would be voted in for a second term at the helm of the pan-African bloc's executive body.

Ping has been criticised for refusing to take a tough stance on continental affairs, including a post-election crisis in Ivory Coast and the war in Libya.

But diplomatic sources say he is actively supported by Francophone West Africa and the majority of East African countries, which opposed South Africa's stance on Libya.

"I think [Ping] will be re-elected because he has many positive points," a source who spoke on condition of anonymity told AFP.

South Africa, a member of the AU's ad-hoc committee on Libya, favoured a UN-imposed no-fly zone over Libya early in the crisis, arguing the resolution would protect civilians.

But it later said the UN took advantage of the mandate to back a Nato-led military intervention, which it vocally opposed, and initially refused to recognise the National Transitional Council as the new rulers.

Dlamini-Zuma is backed by the 15-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC), but as an Anglophone African would likely struggle to win the support of French-speaking nations, the diplomatic source said.

"She is not fluent [in French] at all, which is not a positive point for her," the source said.

All 54 AU member states are required to cast a ballot in the secret vote that takes place every four years. Candidates, who win the seat by majority vote, are limited to two consecutive terms, according to AU regulation.

- SAPA

Read more on:    au  |  sadc  |  jean ping  |  jacob zuma  |  nkosazana dlamini-zuma  |  gabon  |  sa  |  southern africa  |  central africa

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Wednesday Cape Town - 05:37 AM
    Road name: MetroRail
    Due to extensive vandalism on the Central Line a limited Bus Service will operate between Nyanga/ChrisHani and Nyanga/Kapteinsklip
  • Tuesday Mitchells Plain - 19:35 PM
    Road name: M7 Vanguard Drive
    ROADWORKS - traffic restrictions between the R300 and Highlands Drive - expect delays
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Canon EOS 600D

The Canon EOS 600D Digital Camera puts the widely respected...

From R5389.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is always easier to look out and see what needs changing. Looking in is a lot harder... Today you may need to look at what...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.