The 32nd ordinary session of African Union Executive Council held on 26 January 2018 at Addis-Ababa has elected new members to the open seats of Peace and Security Council (PSC). Their term will officially begin in April 2018.
Algeria, Botswana, Burundi, Chad, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, and Uganda will be at the end of their two-year’ term on 31 March 2018. That of Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, and Zambia will end in 2019.
Central Africa, 2 open seats (2 contestants)
EQUATORIAL GUINEA: Equatorial Guinea was elected for one of the two open seats at PSC amid political crisis due to a coup attempt against President Obiang.
GABON: A communiqué from Libreville says that this election is proof of the commitment of Gabon government to “contribute to peace and security in Africa.”
Eastern Africa, 2 open seats (3 contestants)
DJIBOUTI: Due to its position, Djibouti is the African country that hosts the largest number of foreign military bases on the continent.
RWANDA: The country of Paul Kagame (new President of the AU) was also elected to seat at the PSC for this two-year term. 2018 will be a Pan-African year for Rwanda.
Another contestant, ETHIOPIA was not elected to the PSC.
Northern Africa, 1 open seat (3 contestants)
MOROCCO: Morocco was elected with 39 votes. No country opposed its veto, but there were 16 abstentions.
The other contestants include ALGERIA which withdrew its candidature before the vote and TUNISIA.
Southern Africa, 2 open seats (2 contestants)
ANGOLA: Angola has already been part of the PSC two times in the past. The ministry of foreign affairs, Manuel Domingos Augusto told Le Monde, that this election was an opportunity for his country to and make Africa benefit from his country’s experience.
ZIMBABWE: Emmerson Mnangagwa, the new president of Zimbabwe told he was “very proud” to be part of this great institution.
Western Africa, 3 open seats (3 contestants)
LIBERIA: After a broadly acknowledged as fair presidential election, Liberia is elected at one of the three open seats of PSC.
SIERRA LEONE: This will be the second term for Sierra Leone as a member of the PSC.
TOGO: Lomé showcases the country’s participation in African-led peace operations. 2018 will be a critical year for the political negotiations between government and opposition. This will be the second term for Togo.
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