May 6, 2011, 12:33 PM
President Yahya Jammeh has pulled out of the race for the presidency of the African Union Assembly, The Gambia’s foreign minister told RFI on Thursday.
“The president took the decision to withdraw his candidacy,” Mamadou Tangara said, after a closed-door meeting of foreign ministers from the Economic Community for West African States (ECOWAS).
The other main candidate for the regional bloc’s presidency was said to be
Tangara told RFI that following Jammeh’s re-election in November for a fourth term of office “Yahya Jammeh felt it better to concentrate on domestic politics”.
“He wants to devote the first year of his election to satisfy and meet the needs and aspirations of the Gambian people,” Tangara said, speaking on the sidelines of the AU summit in
Tangara said The Gambia had withdrawn in favour of
The AU Assembly is the bloc’s most important decision-making body. It is made up of heads of state from all 54 members of the organisation.
This year’s summit also sees another leadership contest in the chairmanship of the AU Commission.
This pits incumbent AU Commission chairman Jean Ping against