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Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's economic development programme New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) at the Kigali Convention Centre during the 27th AU Summit. (Cyril Ndegeya, AFP)
Politicians attend a meeting of the African Union's economic development programme New Partnership for Africa's Development (Nepad) at the Kigali Convention Centre during the 27th AU Summit. (Cyril Ndegeya, AFP)

Johannesburg - Future chairpersons of the African Union (AU) Commission will be able to appoint their own team of commissioners under sweeping reforms planned for the body to help them push their programmes more effectively.

As part of the reforms, the AU will narrow its focus to political affairs, peace and security and economic integration, and heads of state will be limited to discussing three important agenda items at each summit.

A staffer who worked closely with outgoing chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said she would have been more effective if she had had her own team of commissioners.

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