The African head of states met in Ethiopia, to elect a new chairman of the African Union commission, the competition was tough, five candidates from five countries was waiting for the results but a the end the choice was Hon. Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, The Regionweek newsroom investigated to know more about the new chair of AU commission. Africa discovered Moussa Faki Mahamat during the first Debate organized at AU Headquarters in December 2016, those who know him speak of a veteran diplomat, with a fine negotiator and a politician in the noble sense of the term.
Chadian politician, Moussa Faki Mahamat held very senior positions with a thirty-year experience. He was born in 1960 in a Zaghawa(Ethnic group) family, he is married and father of five. Moussa Faki Mahamat holds a Doctorate in Public Law at the University Paris 13, DESS in Public Law Marien NGouabi University in Brazzaville (Congo) 1986, Bachelor’s Degree in Public Law, Very Good Mention, Marien Ngouabi University in Brazzaville Congo).
Moussa Faki Mahamat was from March 1999 to July 2002, Déby’s campaign director for the May 2001 presidential election. Faki was then appointed as Minister of Public Works and Transport in the government of Prime Minister Haroun Kabadi, which was named on June 12, 2002. After a year in that post, he was appointed as Prime Minister by Déby on June 24, 2003, replacing Kabadi. Faki resigned in early February 2005 amidst a civil service strike and a rumored quarrel with Déby As report his Wikipedia page
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Since April 2008 to 2017 Moussa Faki Mahamat was Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Africa Integration and International Co-operation, since then the Chadian diplomacy has been particularly active, his decisions resulted in a stronger presence on the African and international scene. His effort in diplomacy has sharpened since Chad’s close and distant neighbors faced unprecedented security crises, the crises in Darfur, the Central African Republic, Northern Mali, Libya and the Lake Chad Basin.In each of these crises, Chad has played a diplomatic and military role, which has sometimes proved to be a determining factor in their settlement or mitigation. Chad now has 25 embassies with jurisdiction over about 100 countries and 8 consulates. It has 23 foreign embassies and a dozen international and sub-regional organizations.
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His vision for the African Union
His late candidacy (declared in September) surprised African leaders, as many favored Kenya’s Candidate Ambassador Amina Mohamed but Mahamat, who was considered an outside bet, beat her in the final vote. Speaking to Jeune Afrique in his interview Moussa says he will focus on Development and security. As the Africa continent has a population of about one billion, is predominantly young and female, and has natural resources Faki found that Africa is poorly managed and under-represented at the international level. Poverty and violence have caused much of the youth to join the jihadists or to take the path of illegal immigration. For him It is up to the AU to do all it can to combat these scourges, acting in a more supportive and responsible way. The management of natural resources must benefit the people. Good governance, the fight against mismanagement or corruption are among the objectives.
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