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President Felix-Antoine Tshisekedi has been elected by the heads of state and government of the African Union, as the AU chairperson for 2021. He takes over from President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, following the end of his tenure. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi praised the sincere efforts by the outgoing chair to promote mechanisms of joint African action and support for regional integration. He also thanked Ramaphosa for sponsoring the trilateral talks aimed at reaching a fair, comprehensive and binding agreement on Ethiopia’s hydro-power dam on the Nile. Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch has said that Tshisekedi should use his new leadership of the AU to prioritise human rights and accountability across Africa.

A view of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (file photo).

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