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Mauritania leader new African Union chairman
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Newly elected president of Mauritania's National Assembly Mohamed Ould Boilil speaks to parliament members during the inaugural session of Mauritania's National Assembly on January 29, 2014 in Nouakchott. AFP PHOTO  / Mohamed Ould Elhadj
Newly elected president of Mauritania's National Assembly Mohamed Ould Boilil speaks to parliament members during the inaugural session of Mauritania's National Assembly on January 29, 2014 in Nouakchott. AFP PHOTO / Mohamed Ould Elhadj
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ADDIS ABABA: Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz took over the post of African Union chairman on Thursday, replacing Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the one-year post.

"Let me congratulate my successor... and I pledge my full support as he continues to work... to advance the objectives of our union," Hailemariam said in his farewell speech.

 
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Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz took over the post of African Union chairman on Thursday, replacing Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn in the one-year post.
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