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Egypt president Elect Sisi elected Chairman of African Union

Egypt president Elect Sisi elected Chairman of African Union

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body’s summit in Ethiopia on 10 Feb 2019.

El-Sisi's election brought to an end the one-year chairmanship of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame.

On the other hand, Amnesty International has warned that El-Sisi’s election as a chairman will undermine the human rights condition in Africa.

African Union

The African Union is a continental union consisting of 55 countries of the continent of Africa.

The bloc was founded on 26 May 2001 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and launched on 9 July 2002 in South Africa.

It is also headquartered in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.

It was developed along the lines of the European Union and has ten commissioners overseeing departments including political affairs, agriculture and peace and security.

Its founding charter mandates it to work for “democracy, human rights and development”, while it also promotes investment in the continent and sends peacekeepers to trouble spots.

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