Chairperson of the African Union

position

The Chairperson of the African Union is the ceremonial head of the African Union elected by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term.[1]

Chairperson of the
African Union
Mr. Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary-General with H. E. Mr. Cyril Ramaphosa, President, South Africa (cropped).jpg
Incumbent
Cyril Ramaphosa

since 10 February 2020
Appointerthe Assembly
Term lengthOne year
Inaugural holderThabo Mbeki
Formation9 July 2002
DeputyBureau
Websitewww.au.int/en

A candidate must be supported by at least two-thirds of the member states or by consensus. The chairperson is expected to complete the term without resignations or impeachment.

List of ChairpersonsEdit

# Portrait Chairperson Took Office Left Office Country Region
1   Thabo Mbeki[2] 9 July 2002 10 July 2003   South Africa Southern Africa
2   Joaquim Chissano[3] 10 July 2003 6 July 2004   Mozambique Southern Africa
3   Olusegun Obasanjo[4] 6 July 2004 24 January 2006   Nigeria West Africa
4   Denis Sassou Nguesso[5] 24 January 2006 24 January 2007   Republic of Congo Central Africa
5   John Kufuor[6] 30 January 2007 31 January 2008   Ghana West Africa
6   Jakaya Kikwete[7] 31 January 2008 2 February 2009   Tanzania East Africa
7   Muammar Gaddafi[8] 2 February 2009 31 January 2010   Libya North Africa
8   Bingu wa Mutharika[9] 31 January 2010 31 January 2011   Malawi Southern Africa
9   Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo[10] 31 January 2011 29 January 2012   Equatorial Guinea Central Africa
10   Yayi Boni[11] 29 January 2012 27 January 2013   Benin West Africa
11   Hailemariam Desalegn[12] 27 January 2013 30 January 2014   Ethiopia East Africa
12   Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz[13] 30 January 2014 30 January 2015   Mauritania North Africa
13   Robert Mugabe[14] 30 January 2015 30 January 2016   Zimbabwe Southern Africa
14   Idriss Déby[15] 30 January 2016 30 January 2017   Chad Central Africa
15   Alpha Condé[16] 30 January 2017 28 January 2018   Guinea West Africa
16   Paul Kagame[17] 28 January 2018 10 February 2019   Rwanda East Africa
17   Abdel Fattah el-Sisi[18] 10 February 2019 10 February 2020   Egypt North Africa
18   Cyril Ramaphosa 10 February 2020 Incumbent   South Africa Southern Africa

ReferencesEdit

  1. "African Union Handbook" (PDF). African Union. 2014. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 June 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  2. Babarinde, Olufemi (April 2007). "The EU as a Model for the African Union: the Limits of Imitation" (PDF). miami.edu. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 February 2014. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. "High hopes for AU Maputo Assembly". ANC Today. 4–10 July 2003. Retrieved 30 January 2014.
  4. "Obasanjo Elected AU Chairman". Addis Ababa: Vanguard. 7 July 2004. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  5. "CONGO: Profile of Denis Sassou-Nguesso, new AU head". Brazzaville: IRIN. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  6. "President Kufuor elected Chairman of AU". Accra: Ghana News Agency. 29 January 2007. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  7. Appel, Michael (2 February 2008). "Kikwete takes over AU Chair". Pambazuka News. Archived from the original on 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  8. "Gaddafi vows to push Africa unity". BBC News. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  9. "Malawi president takes over as AU president". AFP. 31 January 2010. Archived from the original on 2011. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  10. Hennig, Rainer Chr. (1 February 2011). "New AU leader Obiang calls criticism un-African". Afrol News. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  11. Directorate of Information and Communication, African Union Commission (29 January 2012). "President Thomas Yayi Boni elected as Chairperson of the African Union for 2012" (PDF). Press release. Archived from the original on 21 October 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20141021093348/http://summits.au.int/en/sites/default/files/29.01.12%2018EME_SOMMET%20-%20CP%20FR%20-%20ELECTION%20DU%20PRESIDENT%20DE%20L%27UA_en%20_2_.pdf. Retrieved 2014-01-31. 
  12. Stainburn, Samantha (28 January 2013). "Hailemariam Desalegn, Ethiopia's PM, is new African Union Assembly chairman". GlobalPost. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  13. "President Abdel Aziz of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania elected African Union Chairperson". Addis Ababa: African Union. 30 January 2014. Archived from the original on 13 December 2014. Retrieved 13 December 2014.
  14. "Zimbabwe's Mugabe, 90, becomes African Union chairman". Reuters. 30 January 2015. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  15. African Union [_AfricanUnion] (30 January 2016). "Prez Idriss Itno Déby of #Chad takes over as #AU Chairperson" (Tweet). Retrieved 30 January 2016.
  16. "President Alpha Conde of Guinea Has Been Elected New Chairperson of the African Union (AU)". African Union. 30 January 2017. Retrieved 31 January 2017.
  17. "President Paul Kagame, Elected as New Chairperson of the African Union for the year 2018". African Union. 28 January 2018. Retrieved 29 January 2018.
  18. "The 32ND African Union (AU) Heads of State and Government Summit Kicks Off". African Union. 10 February 2019. Retrieved 10 February 2019.