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African Union poised to elect science commissioner

African heads of state will elect the next African Union Commissioner for human resources, science, and technology during the AU’s mid-year presidential summit at its headquarters in Addis Ababa from 27 June to 4 July.

The AU will elect two commissioners – the only ones left after eight were chosen in January this year. Because of the way the AU assigns commissioner posts, one needs to be a Central African woman and the other an East African man.

According to political analyst and blogger Désiré Assogbavi, Oxfam’s representative to the AU, two nominations had been received by the deadline: John Kabayo from Uganda and Sarah Anyang Agbor from Cameroon. If so, either could take over from Martial De-Paul Ikounga who has held the post since 2013.

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