Friday, 23 May 2014

AUC Chairperson to attend President-elect Jacob Zuma’s inauguration

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 23 May, 2014: The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will be attending the inauguration ceremony of H.E. Jacob Zuma, President-elect of the Republic of South Africa.

Dr. Dlamini Zuma has arrived in South Africa ahead of the ceremony, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday morning, 24 May 2014, at the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. The swearing-in will be presided over by the South African Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. 

President-elect Jacob Zuma was re-elected President of the Republic of South Africa on Wednesday 21 May 2014, by members of the South African National Assembly after his party, the African National Congress, won the 7 May 2014 general elections. He will serve a second and last five-year term of office due to end in 2019.

A substantial number of African Union Heads of State and Government, Vice Presidents/ Deputy Heads of State, Prime Ministers, former Heads of State and other international dignitaries have confirmed their attendance to grace the inauguration.

The Chairperson of the African Union Commission will seize this opportunity to consult African leaders attending the ceremony on various pertinent challenges currently facing the continent, such as the deteriorating situation in Mali and Libya, and the continued terrorist attacks by Boko Haram in Nigeria, especially in securing the immediate and unconditional release of the kidnapped girls.

Jacob Enoh Eben
Ag. Spokesperson of the Chairperson