New AU officials take oath as 28th AU summit concludes
Newly elected senior officials of the African Union (AU) Commission, including Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson of the AU Commission, were sworn in on Tuesday at the conclusion of the 28th AU summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.
In addition to the two top officials, other officials took the oath for positions including, peace and security; political affairs; trade and industry; social affairs; infrastructure and energy; and rural economy and agriculture.
The 28th AU summit also elected Alpha Conde, President of the Republic of Guinea, for a rotating chairmanship of the African Union.
In his acceptance speech on Monday, Conde said, "It is with honor and humility that I accept to preside at the destiny of our Organization during the year 2017 and I promise to ensure that we implement all the objectives we have set to achieve during this period with the view to enhance the development of our continent."
In her closing remarks on Tuesday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing Chairperson of the AU Commission, stated that it was a successful summit that dealt with important issues critical to the well-being of Africa and its people.
"For four years and six months, you entrusted me to head the African Union Commission, whose mandate has come to an end following the election of a new Commission at this summit," she said.
"Our sincere congratulations to the new members of the Commission, led by our brother H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, on your election and to wish you success in the important work on behalf of all the citizens of Africa," she said.
The incoming Chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, said on his part that he would work hard in joint efforts to achieve goals set by the pan-African bloc.