Deadlocked AU elections shift to Malawi, June
Attended strictly by the heads of states and government and two representatives from each nation, the elections found went for three rounds showing a slender lead by Ping to lead the continent’s top most influential Commission in the 55-strong nation union. The elctions were held at the AU headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Dlamini-Zuma, 63, dished out campaign leaflets pledged she would not spare any effort in building on the work of the African women and men see the AU turn into a formidable force.
“…Striving for a united, free and truly independent better Africa,” she said. None of the two top contestants held a required three thirds majority of the vote taking place behind closed doors for the second and last day of the of the summit.
Neighbouring Zambian president, Michael Sata announced the move to Lilongwe, after the intense campaigning overshadowed other summit business in the two days of intra-Africa trade talks.
Ping, 69, said he was hopeful for reelection, banking his win from Anglo-Franco countries support.
Meanwhile Lilongwe is in a race for time to finalise the construction of the International Conference Centre (ICC) and presidential villas in time for the June summit. Part of the building was opened and the Chinese, who are putting in the works, celebrated their New Year in it in January 2012.