UN chief Ban Ki-moon urged African Union leaders to take action to help end the two-year long civil war in South Sudan. The devastating conflict has ground on despite last year’s peace deal.
After its summit on Tuesday, the African Union wants to, among others, send a mission to calm growing tensions between Eritrea and Djibouti. But the donor-dependent body needs external support to roll out its 2017 plans.
A key issue on the agenda of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa on Monday is utilizing the continent's population growth. Many fear the rise in the continent's population, but reject any quotas on birth rates.
In a summit on Monday, the African Union will vote for a new commission chair and deliberate Morocco's bid to rejoin the bloc. Analysts say countries' alignment to their regional blocs will impact the voting process.
The race for the African Union's top job is heating up. On Friday, five candidates for the post of chairperson will face off in a debate in Addis Ababa. But other factors will determine who wins in the end.
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