Moussa Faki Mahamat: New broom, old problems.


A seasoned diplomat and politician. Moussa Faki Mahamat left his decade-long role as Chad's Minister of Foreign Affairs to take up the reins as chairperson of the African Union Commission in March. Since then, he has been active in raising issues of conflict resolution, economic growth and economic integration in numerous countries.

His most significant challenge to date has been handling the ongoing internal AU conundrum concerning the Western Sahara, which prompted Morocco to leave the regional organisation in 1984, after a decision was taken to recognise Western Sahara's independence.

Morocco re-joined the AU earlier this year, and the issue has resurfaced in a debate over whether the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR) of Western...

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