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South Africa's Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma won a tight fought vote to become the new head of the African Union Commission, the first woman to hold the post, African leaders said.

She beat the incumbent, Jean Ping of Gabon, in a closely fought election over several rounds of voting.

“Now we have the African Union chair Madame Zuma, who will preside over the destiny of this institution,” Benin's president and current AU chairman Thomas Boni Yayi said.

Dlamini-Zuma, 63, an experienced diplomat, is a veteran of the fight against apartheid. A doctor by training, she has served as health, interior and foreign minister in South Africa.

 

Read the complete story at IOLNews, published 16 July 2012.

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