World leaders expected for Jacob Zuma’s inauguration

2014-05-23 14:13

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Foreign dignitaries attending President Jacob Zuma’s inauguration include heads of state, deputy heads, and former heads, the Department of International Relations has said.

“International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said today the countries attending the inauguration will also be celebrating with SA as the country marks 20 years of freedom and democracy,” spokesperson Clayson Monyela said today.

Dignitaries from around 47 countries were expected at tomorrow’s inauguration ceremony at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

These were:

» Algeria: Speaker of the Council of the Nation Abdelkader Bensalah;

» Angola: Vice President Manuel Vicente;

» Benin: President Yayi Boni;

» Botswana: President Ian Khama;

» Burkina Faso: President Blaise Compaoré;

» Burundi: President Pierre Nkurunziza;

» Cameroon: President Paul Biya;

» Cape Verde;

» Chad: President Idriss Déby;

» Congo (Brazzaville): President Denis Sassou N’Guesso;

» Cuba: Vice President Salvador Valdes Mesa;

» Democratic Republic of Congo: President Joseph Kabila;

» Equatorial Guinea: President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo;

» Ethiopia: Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn;

» Gabon: Vice President Guy Nzouba-Ndama;

» Gambia;

» Ghana: President John Dramani Mahama;

» Guinea: President Alpha Condé;

» Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta;

» Lesotho: King Letsie III;

» Liberia: Vice President Joseph Boakai;

» Libya;

» Madagascar President Hery Rajaonarimampianina;

» Malawi;

» Mali: President Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta;

» Mauritania;

» Mauritius: President Kailash Purryag;

» Mozambique: President Armando Guebuza;

» Namibia: Prime Minister Hage Geingob;

» Nicaragua: Vice President Moisés Omar Halleslevens Acevedo;

» Niger: Prime Minister Brigi Rafini;

» Nigeria: President Goodluck Jonathan;

» Rwanda: Prime Minister Pierre Habumuremyi;

» Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic: President Mohamed Abdelaziz;

» Sao Tome and Principe;

» Sierra Leone;

» South Sudan: President Salva Kiir Mayardit;

» Sudan: First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih;

» Swaziland King Mswati III;

» Seychelles: President James Michel and Vice President Danny Faure;

» Tanzania: President Jakaya Kikwete;

» Togo: President Faure Gnassingbé;

» Tunisia;

» Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni;

» Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe;

» Zambia: Deputy President Guy Scott; and

» Somalia President: Hassan Sheikh Mohamud;

Seven former heads of state and government were expected to attend.

They were: former Namibian president Sam Nujoma; former Tanzanian prime minister Salim Ahmed Salim and former president Benjamin Mkapa; former Botswana president Festus Mogae; former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda; former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano; and former Nigerian vice president Atiku Abubakar.

Monyela said African Union commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is Zuma’s ex-wife, would attend the inauguration, as well as UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon.

There would also be representatives from the Brics countries. They were: Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer; outgoing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh; Chinese Minister of Civil Affairs Li Liguo; and Russian chairperson of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly Sergey Naryshkin.

Brics is a trade grouping comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and SA.

Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane today said 4 500 invited guests would be seated in the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria for the inauguration, while 20 000 people would be accommodated on the south lawns.

Fourteen eminent persons and 118 foreign ambassadors who live in SA would also attend the ceremony.

Among the special guests would be South African royalty, he said.

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