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Mauritania will become the new chairman of the African Union

Mauritania will become the new chairman of the African Union. It will succeed Comoros as the country holding the presidency of the African Union (AU).

The change of chairman will take place this coming week at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa.

A unanimous decision to nominate Mauritania for the post of chairman of the AU was made yesterday at a meeting of North African countries. The AU has a rotation mechanism, when regions take turns choosing from among their members a chairing country, which is then approved by the organization’s summit. The term of office of the chairing country is 12 months.

Mauritania initially did not agree to take the seat of the AU chairman, since the country is scheduled to hold presidential elections in June of this year. However, then the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Ghazwani, agreed to the country's chairmanship of the African Union.

Mauritania will become the new chairman of the African Union