Condé replaced by Ramaphosa in the AU presidential troika for Western Sahara

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Cyril Ramaphosa

PUSL.- Cyril Ramaphosa from South Africa has integrated the African Union’s presidential troika on the Sahara and replaced the Guinean head of State, Alpha Conde, a great friend of the Moroccan kingdom.

The African Union’s presidential troika is in charge of monitoring the issue of Western Sahara. Ramaphosa will take over in 2020 the rotating presidency of the continental organization.

This change leaves Morocco no traditional ally since the kingdom doesn’t trust the Egyptian Abdelfattah Al-Sissi in this issue, according to Moroccan newspapers.

Moussa Faki from Chad, Chairperson of the African Union Commission announced on his Twitter account that “the new Mechanism” will work towards “a roadmap (…) to enable the AU to make a meaningful contribution to the efforts of the United Nations and to play its full role in this matter “.

According to the Moroccan online newspaper Yabiladi this passage “may cause teeth grinding in the ranks of Moroccan officials, who have repeatedly insisted on the exclusive leadership of the United Nations on the Sahara issue and ignore any contribution of the AU in the resolution of the regional conflict. “Moussa Faki will present the working proposal at the next AU regular summit scheduled for early 2020, according to the same source.