ADDIS ABABA – Senegal’s President Macky Sall was elected as the African Union’s new chairperson on Saturday.
Sall took over the baton of command from Felix- Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), who has concluded his term as the Chairperson of the AU for the year 2021.
In his acceptance speech, President Macky Sall said he appreciates the honor coupled with the responsibility and the trust invested in his person, and the members of the new Bureau, to lead the destiny of the Organization for the next one year.
“I thank you and assure you of our commitment to work together with all member countries in the exercise of our mandate” indicated the incoming Chair of the Union.
He said Africa is beset by a multitude of problems despite its commendable progress over the past few decades.
“We face challenges in maintaining peace and security, and we cannot turn away from the devastating effects of war that are leading to the disintegration of social cohesion,” Sall said.
The only way forward is to address the root causes of these issues and work together to resolve them, Sall emphasized.