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February 01, 2012

South Africa's bid to control African Union goes to Plan B.

Unfortunately, South Africa's plan to take effective control of the African Union (consisting of 54 nations), and then to make the AU a more dynamic global player, is on hold for a few months. See at Bloomberg "South Africa Fails in AU Bid, Setting Back Africa Plan". It begins:

South Africa failed in its bid to secure control of the African Union’s top decision-making body, setting back its plan for the continental organization to play a more forceful role in global politics.

South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma didn’t win enough support in [Monday's] election in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for head of the AU Commission. The incumbent, Jean Ping, who failed to secure two-thirds of the vote to win a second term, will remain in the position until the next AU summit in June, his spokesman, Noureddine Mezni, said.

It’s “embarrassing for South Africa that it has not been able to carry a majority,” Daniel Silke, an independent political analyst who has advised Telkom South Africa Ltd. (TKG) and Sanlam Ltd. (SLM), said in a phone interview from Cape Town. “It clearly shows South Africa will have to do some targeted lobbying in the run-up to any future elections.”

Posted by JD Hull at February 1, 2012 12:21 PM


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