AU Summit to Address Battle for Chairmanship

Posted July 15th, 2012 at 10:30 am (UTC-5)
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The African Union summit opened in Ethiopia on Sunday with an appeal for a regional response to conflicts.

AU Chairman Jean Ping called for Africa to solve its own problems.

The summit is to focus on trade and security.

The AU said it may send forces to battle armed rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It also backed a plan by West African nations to battle Islamist militants in northern Mali.

The summit will also address a stalemate over the AU's chairmanship.

Ping is being challenged by South Africa's Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.

During an election in January, both candidates failed to garner the two-thirds majority needed to win the chairmanship.