UN scribe congratulates new African Union Commission chief

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, has congratulated Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the first woman to be elected the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission.

The UN scribe, in a statement by his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky, at the UN Headquarters on Monday, said he welcomed the election of Ms. Dlamini-Zuma to the AU commission top post.

“The Secretary-General looks forward to working closely with Dr. Zuma on peace and security issues, as well as on achieving the Millennium Development Goals and promoting sustainable development in Africa,” the statement quoted Ban as saying.

Ms. Dlamini-Zuma, who is South Africa’s home affairs minister, defeated the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in the election that took place on Sunday in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the summit of the 54-member African Union.

Mr. Ping was the adopted candidate of West Africa with Nigeria championing the move for his re-election.

Mr. Ki-moon assured Ms. Dlamini-Zuma of the full support of the UN in her new assignment, while expressing his appreciation to Mr. Ping for his stewardship of the AU commission over the past four years.

“The UN will continue to strengthen its strategic partnership with the Africa Union to consolidate peace, security, and development in Africa in the years ahead,” the statement quoted Ban as saying.

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