The summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity ended in Mogadishu, Somalia, at the weekend (15-16 June) after a long and complicated election for the administrative post of Secretary-General.
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Background: The summit meeting of the Organisation of African Unity ended in Mogadishu, Somalia, at the weekend (15-16 June) after a long and complicated election for the administrative post of Secretary-General.
The position became vacant when Cameroun's Foreign Minister, Mr. Nzo Ekangaki, resigned for personal reasons. At a news conference on Friday (14 June), the Somalia Foreign Minister, Mr. Omar Arteh, announced his nomination. Mr. Arteh told newsmen he'd been asked to contest the election for Secretary-General in 1972, but had declined because of his support for Mr. Ekengaki. Again this year he'd been approached, but refused to accept nomination until Mr. Ekengaki confirmed his resignation and gave his blessing.
The other candidate for the post was Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, the zambian Foreign Minister.
However, the election was to be a marathon affair. Twenty secret ballots failed to produce a clear two-third majority for either candidate. The organisation's charter stipulates that in such cases, the outgoing office bearer should nominate a candidate to help break the deadlock. Mr. Ekangaki put forward the name of fellow countrymen, Mr. William Eteki, and Mr. Arteh withdrew in his favour.
The 15-hour meeting ended when Mr. Eteki was elected unanimously.