The Senegalese President, Macky Sall, was appointed by his counterparts as current president of the African Union from 2022. It was on the occasion of the 34th ordinary summit of ECOWAS held by videoconference on Tuesday February 2, 2021. The chief Senegalese State will succeed Félix Tshisekedi, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), elected for the period 2021-2022 and successor of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Senegalese President Macky Sall welcomed this choice made on his person by his counterparts. He says he is determined to work to fully fulfill his role during the period 2022/2023. He was quick to express his pride in being at the head of this important institution for the continent. “I welcome the conclusions of today’s extraordinary ECOWAS summit. Senegal has been endorsed as the sole candidate to occupy the post of current President of the African Union reserved for the ECOWAS West African sub-region for the period 2022 – 2023. “, he declared the Senegalese head of state of 59 years on his Twitter account.
His election will be formalized this weekend at the organization’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, during the AU summit organized by videoconference due to the pandemic. Senegal is the only candidate to succeed the Congolese head of state, Félix Tshisekedi.
Note that the rotating presidency of the AU is held by a head of state or government of a member country of the organization for a period of one year.