In a special ceremony held at the African Union newly elect chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma took over as head of the African Union Commission on Monday (October 15).
Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and AU current chairman and President of Benin Thomas Yayi were among the attendees of the session. President Boni wished Dlamini-Zuma "great success" at the inauguration ceremony. Dlamini-Zuma was elected as AU Chairwoman on the 19th AU Heads of States and Governments Assembly held here in Addis after a heavily contested elections.
Dlamini-Zuma vowed to address the continent's outstanding challenges. "We will spare no efforts to try and resolve conflicts in Mali and the Sahelian region, the crisis that has the potential to spread across the region and even the continent," she said in her acceptance address. A doctor by training and a veteran of the fight against apartheid, Dlamini-Zuma, 63, has served as health and foreign affairs minister.