None of the three candidates was able to get the required two-thirds majority of votes on Monday, July 18 at its 27th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government meeting, being held in Rwanda.
Ahead of the vote, many states had expressed dismay at the “lack of stature” among the little-known candidates from Botswana, Equatorial-Guinea and Uganda and, in the end, 28 of the 54 member states abstained from the final round of voting thus forcing a postponement of the election and an extension of Dlamini-Zuma’s term.
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READ ALSO: These things the modern girl should never do on the first date! #4 is intriguing!Current AU President Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will continue until a new president is elected in January. The AU meeting kicked off on 17 July 2016 at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), with a call for unity and love for the continent.
The opening ceremony was marked by a symbolic act of Pan-Africanism with the launch of the African Union (AU) passport aimed at facilitating free movement of people on the continent.