Egypt to take over Africa Union Chair


Egypt will take over helm of the Africa Union, after it was shut out in almost six years, according to Ashraf Swelam, head of a think tank linked to the country’s foreign ministry, he said; Cairo “will probably concentrate on security and peacekeeping” rather than focusing strengthening multilateral powers.

The incoming AU chair President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will likely focus less on “financial and administrative reform” than his predecessor, Swelam added.

Such reform was the cornerstone of outgoing AU chairman Paul Kagame’s year in the role.

The Rwandan president has pushed for a continent-wide import tax to fund the AU and reduce its dependence on external donors, who still pay for more than half the institution’s annual budget.


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