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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to step down as African Union Chief

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will step down as the chairperson of the  African Union Commission at the end of her four year term in July this year.

Dlamini –Zuma did not submit her application to remain as the chairperson when the deadline for candidates closed last week.

Her spokesperson, Jacob Enoh Eben said, “She is not seeking a second term as chair of the African Union Commission, her decision remains personal and that is all we can say.”

Speculations are rife that Dlamini Zuma is a leading candidate to succeed South African President Jacob Zuma, (her ex-husband) as the new ANC leader.

Previously she had served as the Minister of Home Affairs in Zuma’s cabinet before becoming the first female head of Addis Ababa- based blocs executive arm in 2012.

President Jacob Zuma is expected to remain as president until an election in 2019 and is likely to be influential behind the scenes  in picking a new ANC leader at a conference in 2017, it is expected that he will support Dlamini- Zuma.

The African Union is expected to name Dlamini-Zuma’s successor at a heads of state meeting in the Rwandan capital Kigali in July.