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African Union: the battle of the giants
An African Union summit of heads of state and government in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. © Li Yan/Xinhua News Agency/Newscom/MaxPPP
AFRICA

African Union: the battle of the giants

The pan-African intergovernmental organisation headquartered in Addis Ababa has increasingly become a political arena where the continent's heavyweights South Africa, Algeria, Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria jostle for power. In order to impose their views and place representatives in key positions in the African Union and other international organisations, these nations compete for influence and build coalitions. On the sidelines of these strategic manoeuvres, a few smaller countries such as Rwanda are carving out a niche for themselves.

AFRICA Diplomacy 31/08/2021
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat (R) and Aleli Admasu, Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi and Chad.
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat (R) and Aleli Admasu, Israel's ambassador to Ethiopia, Burundi and Chad. © African Union

How Israel finally won observer status at AU despite SADC and North African opposition 

The changing balance of power within the AU has allowed the Jewish state to make a decisive breakthrough. It now has the status of observer country at the Addis Ababa institution, much to the displeasure of several member states. [...]

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