Ping kneels before Quattara to 'beg' for votesBy LUGENZI KABALE in Addis Ababa | Saturday, July 14 2012 at 15:35
The incumbent African Union (AU) Commission chairman Jean Ping surprised many on Friday when he knelt before the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) Chairman Allassane Quattara during the opening session of the blocs Peace and Security Council session.
Mr Ping was given an opportunity to give his address to the PSC opening session after the AU Chairman who is also Benin President Boni Yayi and upon ending address on his way to his chair he shook President Quattara’s hand while kneeling in what is said to be a sign of appreciating the Ivorian leader’s role in spearheading his AU head re-election campaign.
Mr Ping is facing a competitive campaign onslaught from South African former top diplomat, Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma.
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