AU leaders extended Dlamini-Zuma’s term by six months

Dlamini-Zuma’s spokesman says elections have been postponed until the next summit in January.

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: African Union Facebook page.

JOHANNESBURG - African Union leaders have extended Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma's term as chairperson of the continental body by six months.

This will give potential candidates for the position time to canvass for votes after she opted to step down.

Dlamini-Zuma's spokesman, Jacob Enoh Eben, says elections have been postponed until the next summit in January.

Botswana's foreign minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, polled most votes from leaders on the final day of their summit in Kigali.

But she didn't reach the requisite two-thirds majority.

Leaders apparently decided against applying the AU provision for a second round run-off between the two top contenders.

The summit agenda was topped with defusing the crisis in South Sudan sliding back into civil war as ceasefire between President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar unravels.