Chad President Idriss Deby Named New African Union Chairman

Chad’s President Idriss Deby is the new African Union chairman. He replaces his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe, who announced Deby’s appointment in a speech at a summit of the continental bloc in in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The group’s 54 members need to further integrate, improve the implementation of agreements and reduce reliance on international funding, Deby, who will head the union for a year, said in his acceptance speech at its headquarters.

“We the states have not provided the African Union all the means in order to attain the objectives that we have entrusted to it because we don’t want to yield even an iota of our respective sovereignty,” he said.

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