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Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission (AUC), has urged African leaders to address conflicts plaguing the continent.

He condemned a series of coups in some African countries, highlighting the chaos ensuing from prolonged wars and foreign interference in nations like Sudan and Libya, as well as the power vacuum in the Sahel region.

Mr. Faki expressed apprehension about the numerous challenges facing the region during his remarks at the AU summit in Addis Ababa. He underscored the urgency of addressing conflicts, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, to prevent further exacerbation of ongoing crises.
Regarding governance issues, Mr. Faki criticized unconstitutional changes of government following recent coups in West Africa, emphasizing the destabilizing impact of terrorism on several African nations. He noted the detrimental effects of jihadist insurgencies on social sectors due to increased military spending.

The political crisis in Senegal, where President Macky Sall attempted to postpone elections, also drew Mr. Faki's concern. However, he welcomed Senegal's commitment to holding free and transparent elections following the Constitutional Council's ruling.

Meanwhile, Ecowas is expected to convene a meeting to address Senegal's decision to delay presidential polls.
Somalia's President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, accused Ethiopian security forces of obstructing his entry to the summit venue, alleging attempts to prevent him from leaving his hotel and blocking access upon arrival with Djibouti's president.

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