Chairperson of the African Union

The Chairperson of the African Union is the ceremonial head of the African Union elected by the Assembly of Heads of State and Government for a one-year term.[1] It rotates among the continent's five regions.

Chairperson of the
African Union
Félix Tshisekedi

since 6 February 2021
Appointerthe Assembly
Term lengthOne year
Inaugural holderThabo Mbeki
Formation9 July 2002

A candidate must be supported by at least two-thirds of the member states or by consensus. The chairperson is expected to complete the term without interruption; hence eligible countries with impending elections may be ineligible.[2]