Ethiopian PM Hailemariam Desalegn elected African Union chairman

By IndepthAfrica
In Djibouti
Jan 27th, 2013
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Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attends the African Peer Review Mechanism at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn attends the African Peer Review Mechanism at the African Union headquarters in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa January 26, 2013. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri

Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn was elected the African Union chairman on Sunday, taking over the one-year post from Benin’s President Thomas Boni Yayi.

“It is with a great sense of honour and humility that I accept the chairperson of our union,” Hailemariam told leaders at the AU summit meeting. “I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for the opportunity to serve this half-a-century-old organisation for the next one year.”

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