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Dlamini-Zuma takes over AU post

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma started her first day as AU Commission boss by addressing urgent issues.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with former SA President Nelson Mandela in Qunu. Picture: GCIS.

ADDIS ABABA - Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday officially took over as head of the African Union (AU) Commission.

Benin President Thomas Tayi Boni, who holds the rotating leadership of the continental body, wished her great success during her four-year term.

As the first woman to head the AU, Dlamini-Zuma promised to address the ongoing conflict in Mali and the resurgence of Islamist extremists in the drought-stricken Sahel.

She vowed to support political transition in Somalia and all efforts to bring about peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region.

Dlamini-Zuma is the first person from the predominantly English-speaking Southern African region to hold the top post.

She said she will work with all parties in the 54-member bloc.