JOHANNESBURG: President Cyril Ramaphosa to take over as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2020, the Presidency said.
The Presidency says Ramaphosa will take over from Egypt president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who is currently serving his term for 2019. Each term as AU chair runs for one year.
Ramaphosa is at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where there is a high-level South African delegation at the 32nd ordinary session of the assembly of African Union heads of state and government meeting.
The session was scheduled to take place from February 10 to 11 under the theme “The year of refugees, returnees, and international displaced persons – towards durable solutions to forced displacement in Africa”, the presidency said in a statement.
“It presents an invaluable opportunity to reflect on and address the root causes of forced displacement in Africa,” it said.
Meanwhile, according to the Presidency’s Spokesperson Khusela Diko, Ramaphosa has been announced as the chair of the African Union. Diko announced the news on her Facebook page on Sunday afternoon.
HE President @CyrilRamaphosa has been announced Chairperson of the @_AfricanUnion for the year 2020 – he will take over from the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Chair for 2019 #AUSummit #BetterAfricaBetterWorld pic.twitter.com/jLoGswspi4
— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) February 10, 2019