Egypt’s el-Sissi elected new chair­man of African Union

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AD­DIS ABABA | Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah el-Sissi has been elected chair­man of the African Union at the con­ti­nen­tal body’s sum­mit in Ethiopia.

Also at the African Union meet­ing Sun­day, a statue of Ethiopia’s last em­peror was un­veiled. Af­ter­ward a scuf­fle erupted be­tween se­cu­rity guards for some African lead­ers and African Union guards, caus­ing a de­lay in the en­try pro­ces­sion of the heads of state into the main meet­ing.

Mr. el-Sissi ad­dressed the sum­mit af­ter be­ing elected the new chair­man, say­ing he would fo­cus on se­cu­rity on the African con­ti­nent.

The rights group Amnesty In­ter­na­tional warned that Mr. el-Sissi’s chair­man­ship might un­der­mine the African Union’s hu­man rights mech­a­nisms.

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