EYEAFRICA TV: Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA:-Rwanda’s Monique Nsanzabaganwa has been elected as Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission as the former Gambian Vice President Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang missed out on the top continental post.
The former Deputy Governor of National Bank of Rwanda, Nsanzabaganwa was elected by 42 votes out of 55 member states.
Reacting to her election, Dr Nsanzabaganwa expressed gratitude and appreciation.
“My very sincere gratitude and appreciation for the trust and honor that the Heads of States and Government of the African Union have bestowed on my country and in my person,” she said.
She expressed her commitment “to serve with dedication and to the best of my ability under your wise guidance.”
Moussa Faki Mahamat was also re-election as Chairperson of the African Union Commission.
“Deeply humbled by the overwhelming and historic vote of confidence by AU Member States by voting 51 out 55 to extend my mandate at the helm of the AUC Commission for another 4 years,” he said of his re-election.
Meanwhile, South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa handed over the annual chairmanship of the union to President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Felix Tshisekedi.
The 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union is underway in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
This year’s summit is being held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic that crippled the world.
African leaders are expected to discuss the continent’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area, and security issues.