Mugabe gets top AU position
31 January 2014, 11:35
Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly been appointed first deputy chair of the African Union (AU) executive council.
The appointment was made at the AU assembly summit in Ethiopia.
According to the Herald, Mugabe’s election to the post positions him to assume the AU chairmanship next year.
The council is made up of foreign affairs ministers and meets twice a year.
The report said the veteran leader’s appointment rendered futile a decision by the European Union not to invite him to a summit of the two blocs set for Belgium in April.
The AU Executive Council was firm in that Europe should not be allowed to dictate to African heads of state and government who will attend the summit, the report said.
Mugabe is the current SADC deputy chair and will chair the regional bloc from next year’s summit.