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Monday, 16 July 2012 - 9:37
AU chooses woman as leader for first time
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The African Union has chosen South African Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as its leader, making her the first woman to hold the post.

 Dlamini-Zuma beat incumbent Jean Ping of Gabon after a closely fought contest for the chairmanship of the organisation.

In January, neither got the required two-thirds majority, leaving Ping in office for another six months.

Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of South African President Jacob Zuma, won the leadership of the AU commission in a third round of voting.

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