Faki Re-elected Second Term as Head of AU Commission

Moussa Faki Mahamat received 51 of 55 African Union member states to win a second term as the head of the African Union’s (AU) Commission

Chadian Moussa Faki Mahamat received 51 of 55 African Union member states to win a second term as the head of the African Union’s (AU) Commission on Saturday.

He will be deputised by Monique Nsanzabaganwa, deputy governor of the National Bank of Rwanda. She defeated Uganda’s Prof Pamela Mbabazi and Djibouti’s Hasna Bakarak Daoud.

Dr Nsanzabagwana replaces Ghana’s Quartey Thomas Kwesi, who chose not to contest the seat for a second term.

Rwandan banker, Dr Monique Nsanzabagwana
Rwandan banker, Dr Monique Nsanzabagwana.

“Deeply humbled by the overwhelming and historic vote of confidence,” Faki tweeted.

The African Union Commission (AUC) is the AU’s secretariat and undertakes the day to day activities of the Union. It is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Its functions, include: Representing the AU and defending its interests under the guidance of and as mandated by the Assembly and the Executive Council.

The Commission is composed of a chairperson, deputy chairperson and eight commissioners, plus staff. The Assembly elects the AUC Chairperson and AUC Deputy Chairperson. The Executive Council elects the eight AUC Commissioners, who are appointed by the Assembly. Commission members’ terms are for four years, renewable once.

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