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Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed admiration and pleasure at the election of South Africa's Minster of Internal Affairs, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as the Chairman of the African Union.

The Prime Minister described Mrs Dlamini-Zuma as "an advocate for the people through peace, and an inspiration to women leaders the world over. She is an inspiration to me, as she refused to allow difficulties to halt her vision of progress."

Mrs Simpson Miller commended Mrs Dlamini-Zuma for remaining focussed on the task of uniting people to achieve advancement and common goals, adding: "I applaud the African Union for taking this very bold step of looking beyond gender and instead seeing a strong mediator and effective administrator in Mrs Dlamini-Zuma."

A medical doctor by profession, Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is a former anti-apartheid activist who has been a minister of government in every government administration since democratic elections were first held in South Africa in 1994. She is credited with implementing free basic health care for all and legislation to stop tobacco smoking in public places. She was formerly married to the South African President Jacob Zuma, with whom they share four daughters.

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