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Chadian Foreign Minister Moussa Faki is the new chairman of the African Union Commission. But who is Faki and what does he stand for?
A seasoned diplomat and politician, 56-year-old Moussa Faki Mahamat is no stranger to the challenges presented by the top job he was elected to on Monday, January 30. He is seen as the architect of Chadís nomination to the United Nations Security Council as a non-permanent member and also of the countryís presidency of the AU in 2016.

He headed the AU Commission on Peace and Security at the Nairobi summit in 2013, which was dedicated to the fight against terrorism. Above all, as a former Chadian prime minister and current foreign minister he has had a decisive say in all the military and strategic operations his country was and is engaged in: Libya, Mali, South Sudan and Central African Republic, the Sahel and the Lake Chad region.

His election as chief executive of the AU thus indicates a very likely reorientation of AU policies towards issues of peace and security on the continent, Liesl Louw-Vaudran of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria told reporter: "His country, Chad, is well known for seeing itself as a sort of champion of military intervention."



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