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Former PM Yang Poised to Become Second Central African UN Assembly President

Former PM Yang Poised to Become Second Central African UN Assembly President

Paru le jeudi, 15 février 2024 12:47

Former Cameroonian Prime Minister Philemon Yang is poised to become the next president of the U.N. General Assembly, according to diplomatic sources with the African Union (AU).

SBBC learned from sources familiar with the process that on Wednesday, Yang received the AU's endorsement for the 79th session of the Assembly, corresponding to the 2025 calendar year.

"The endorsement by the AU Ministerial Committee effectively paves the way for his selection," said a Cameroonian diplomat in Addis Ababa, headquarters of the AU. "Following this, adoption by the AU Executive Council and Assembly of Heads of State is expected to be a formality."

With Africa holding the presidency this year, Yang's election in New York between March and June is also seen as a near certainty. His candidacy received backing from the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) last July.

If elected, Yang would be the second Central African to lead the Assembly after Gabon's Jean Ping in 2005. The position has traditionally been held by English-speaking African nations, who have occupied it nine times.

The General Assembly is the U.N.'s main deliberative body. The president, chosen annually three months before the session opens, plays an administrative role in managing debates and ensuring adherence to rules.

Patricia Ngo Ngouem

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