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Wednesday, 05 February 2014

Mauritanian President elected new President of the AU

The 22nd Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) took place from 21 to 31 January 2014 at the headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The theme at the center of discussions will be “transforming Africa’s Agriculture: Harnessing Opportunities for Inclusive Growth and Sustainable Development” At the opening of the Conference of Heads of State and Government of the African Union ceremony, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania was elected new President of the Union. It replaces the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Hailemariam Dessalegn . The presidency of the African Union is subject to an annual rotation.
In his acceptance speech , President Abdel Aziz thanked the Ethiopian government for the warm welcome and excellent hospitality towards him as well as to the other dignitaries. This welcome and hospitality falls within the true spirit of cooperation and African development. He stressed the need for Africa to continue to remain united in the pursuit of development and insisted specifically on the use of natural resources in cooperation as a source of power on the continent.
Andris Piebalgs, Member of the European Commission in charge of Development, travelled to Addis-Abeba to participate in the Summit.

Source: European Commission, African Union