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First female leader for African Union

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The African Union has appointed its first chairwoman, South Africa’s former home affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the former wife of President Zuma.

Three rounds of voting were needed before her rival Jean Ping conceded defeat. The appointment adds to South Africa’s diplomatic influence, but some say an unwritten rule Africa’s dominant states should not contest the post has been broken.