Gabon's president calls for re-election of AUC chief Jean Ping

January 5, 2012 11:47 pm 

LIBREVILLE, Jan. 4 — Gabon's President Ali Bongo Ondimba is calling for the re-election of Jean Ping to the presidency of the African Union Commission (AUC) for a second four-year term.

Ali Bongo made the call on Tuesday in the capital Libreville when he delivered a New Year message to the diplomats accredited to the Central African country.

"I do not doubt that all friendly African countries will give him their votes," the Gabonese president said, adding Ping, who is a Gabonese national, has the support of the entire nation.

"I have already had an opportunity to write to all my African colleagues or personally spoken to some of them and expressed to them our desire to see Ping being given a new term," Ali Bongo said in reference to the ongoing lobbying to have Ping re-elected.

"His performance, during turbulent times on the continent, should enable him to be re-elected," the president said.

Jean Ping, who is running for a re-election, was first elected to head this pan-African institution in February 2008 for a four- year term which is renewable.

His main challenger is current South African Interior Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. (PNA/Xinhua)



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