President Goodluck Jonathan was on Sunday defeated by the President of Benin Republic, Thomas Boni Yayi, in the race for the chairmanship of the African Union, (AU), at the opening ceremony of its 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The Nigerian president lost after a group of West African nations opposed his candidature.
Jonathan of Nigeria was earlier rumoured as the likely successor of President Mbasogo until the announcement of President Boni Yayi by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia who announced the outcome of the various consultations that led to the emergence of the union’s new chairperson.
President of the Republic of Uganda, President Yoweri Museveni, clinched the post of the first vice chairman which was allotted to East Africa. The position of the second vice chairman which was zoned to North Africa went to the President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki.