A compromise has bene reached at the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).
GV Cars out at summit building with motorbike escort
MV OAU representatives leaving conference hall
SCU Omar Arteh speaking
MR. ARTEH: "As you might have heard on the proposal of my president's....as the host President of the OAU summit...Cameroun, from which Mr. Wzo Ekangaki, the outgoing Secretary-General of the organisation of African Unity has been asked to nominate a candidate for the post of Secretary-General. That proposal was unanimously approved by the summit."
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Background: A compromise has bene reached at the annual meeting of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). Mr. Eteki Mboumoua of Cameroun was elected new secretary-General of the Organisation on Sunday (16 June) after a 15-hour deadlock which delayed the formal closing of the summit conference. It took 20 inconclusive ballots to reach of final decision; and the uncertainties over a final choice threatened to split the OAU.
Mr. Mboumoua was named as a compromise candidate after the summit failed to agree o electing Mr. Vernon Mwaanga, the Zambian Foreign Minister, or Mr. Omar Arten, the Somali Foreign Minister, to the position.
Both candidates withdrew their applications after it became obvious that neither of them would win the necessary two-thirds majority. It was Mr. Arteh who put forward Mr. Mboumoua's name. This film contains a transcript of the nomination: