Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Notable Summit the African Union Made History but Ignored Crises

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Notable Summit the African Union Made History but Ignored Crises

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African leaders broke two precedents Sunday in electing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa as president of the African Union Commission, which runs the day-to-day affairs of the 54-member organization.

Ms. Dlamini-Zuma, 63, former health and foreign affairs minister for South Africa and now in charge of homeland affairs, is the first woman and first representative of a major African country to be elected to the AU's highest post. She defeated Jean Ping of French- speaking Gabon for the job, which was open for a year for lack of the two-thirds majority needed to fill the slot. The standoff was partly a result of rivalry between Africa's French and English- speaking countries.

The scrap's resolution was the centerpiece of the summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. That should not have been the case. Africa is bedeviled by matters of greater importance which were not resolved. These include the fate of Mali; hostilities between Sudan and 1- year-old South Sudan; jousting between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with United Nations peacekeeping forces between them; and the continuing explosive problem of Somalia, which has been ungoverned since 1991. …

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