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Kenyan to serve as AU chief after deadlock

30 January 2012, 18:23

Addis Ababa - A Kenyan has been chosen to serve as chairman for the African Union’s influential executive Commission in an acting capacity after a vote to choose a new head ended in deadlock.

The deputy AU commission chief, Erastus Mwencha, will serve as the executive council’s chair until a fresh poll, which Zambian President Michael Sata said would take place in June during the next AU summit in Malawi.

Sata told reporters that both South African Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who sought to unseat outgoing chairman Jean Ping from Gabon did not win the vote.

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