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South Africa to assume African Union's chairship in 2020

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South Africa's President, Cyril Ramaphosa, will be taking over as the of the (AU) in 2020 after Egypt's completes his term.

The announcement was made on Sunday during the 32nd Ordinary Session of the and Government of the AU which is underway here. El-Sisi took charge from Rwandan on Sunday, during the opening of the summit.

"Rwandan HE @PaulKagame handed over the AU Chairmanship to President of during the opening ceremony of the 32nd Ordinary Session of Assembly of the South assumes the AU chairship in 2020. #AUSummit #BetterAfricaBetterWorld," the official account of South Africa's Presidency tweeted on Sunday.

The of the AU is the of the bloc, who is elected for the term of one-year. The rotates among the five geographic regions of the

Meanwhile, put forth the UN's resolve towards the promotion of peace at the session. "There is a wind of hope blowing over The is committed to continuing to promote a diplomatic wave for peace. The 'Silencing Arms in by 2020' initiative is an excellent example of the African Union's efforts in this area," he tweeted in French.

Ethiopia's last Emperor, I's, life-sized statue was unveiled at the premises of the during the session as well. He is deemed to be the of the African Union's predecessor, the Organization of African Union.

The theme of this year's session is "Refugees, Returnees, and Internally Displaced Persons: Towards Durable Solutions to Forced Displacement in Africa." The two-day AU session is being held in Ethiopia's Adis Ababa on February 10 and 11 this year and has representatives from member-nations in attendance.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 20:00 IST