President Kagame takes over as AU chairman

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Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame on Sunday took over the leadership of the African Union, hoping to the continent’s institutional reforms.

But Mr Kagame, who was re-elected as President last August after posting a landslide win of 98.79 per cent against his rivals, said his objective of a self-reliant and integrated continent would remain a pipe dream if he does not get support from other African leaders.

For the first time since he was elected last July to take over from Guinea’s President Alpha Conde, he chaired the 30th Ordinary Session of the AU in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Thank you for your double trust. First as the leader of the reform process now as the chairperson of our union.

“I promise to do the best job I can. But I will need your full support,” he told the 55 AU Heads of State

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