Relations between N'Djamena and the AU's Moussa Faki Mahamat are at such a low ebb that they are undermining the organisation's ability to deal with the crisis in Chad. Various initiatives are being studied to up the pressure on the junta, which has failed to amend controversial clauses of the charter serving as the rulebook for the 18-month transition period supposed to lead to a democratic future.
Congo, Guinea-Bissau, Nigeria and Egypt have appointed new ambassadors to the African Union in Addis Ababa.
Though not part of the current African Union Commission, Morocco seems to have at last got even by landing one of the Addis Ababa-based institution's most senior positions.
The process for shortlisting for the African Union's top jobs has sparked growing concern in African capitals. Yet another campaign has been launched to recruit someone to lead the AU's NEPAD programme.
The African Union's member states have been tyring to get the commission to shake up its human resources department following a string of damning reports but so far to little avail.