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23/01/2012: Angola for SADC-backed candidate for AU chair - Ambassador

Angola for SADC-backed candidate for AU chair - Ambassador

Addis Ababa - Angola supports the bid of the current South African Interior minister, Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma, for the chair of the African Union Commission, Angop learned Sunday in Addis Ababa.

The information was released by the Angolan ambassador to Ethiopia, Arcanjo Maria do Nascimento.

Speaking to Angolan journalists on the eve of the 18th African Union Summit, the diplomat said Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma is the candidate who better corresponds to the interests of the continent.

According to Arcanjo Nascimento, the name supported by Angola is also the candidate of the whole southern region of the continent and of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).

He stated that this is an Angola’s free position considering that the candidate has a vision and a programme that better defends the interests of the continent.

In the bid, Nkozasana Dlamini Zuma is standing against the current chairman of the African Union Commission, Gabon’s Jean Ping, backed by the member countries of the Economic Community of Central Africa States (ECCAS) and of the Economic Community of West Africa State (ECOWAS).

The diplomat explained that Angola backs the candidate supported by SADC, despite the fact that the country also belongs to ECCAS.