Union Africaine : Le président égyptien Abdel Fattah al-Sissi succède à Paul Kagame
The summit of the African Union (AU), which ended on Monday (February 11th) in Addis Ababa, was marked by the arrival at its head of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi for a year, succeeding the president. Rwandan Paul Kagame. The new president of the African Union has pledged to continue the efforts of his predecessor to bring some projects to a successful conclusion and, first and foremost, Zlec, which remains by far the AU's key project to strengthen the integration of the continent.
South African Head of State Cyril Ramahosa and President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Felix Tshisekedi were elected 1st and 2nd Vice-President of the African Union respectively.
The theme chosen for 2019 is "Refugees, Repatriates and Internally Displaced Persons".
The AU has committed to "silence the arms" by 2020, but knowing that the continent is still shaken by many conflicts, the challenge will be big. And as the Egyptian President recognizes, "the way is still long".
In Addis Ababa, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, hailing the "solidarity" of Africa, which hosts nearly a third of the world's refugees and displaced, welcomed a "wind of hope for Africa after a series of peaceful elections, peace agreements and reconciliations ».
In addition to Somalia and the Central African Republic, the Libyan civil war, which has always haunted people's minds in Africa, is at the top of the agenda. Indeed, the AU commissioned Moussa Faki, the president of the Commission, to lead efforts "with the aim of convening in Addis Ababa, in (July) 2019, an international conference on reconciliation in Libya under the auspices of the AU and the UN.
The purpose of this conference will not only be to bring together the actors of this crisis but also to demand the holding of presidential and legislative elections in October. "Africa has decided to support Libya in its efforts to get out of the war and terrorism," said the new AU President at a press conference, stressing the importance of finding " African solutions to African problems ".