South Sudan’s Kiir takes over EAC chair as Somalia joins the bloc

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Arusha/Juba, November 24, 2023 (SSNA) — The President of the Republic of South Sudan Salva Kiir Mayardit has been elevated to the chairperson of the East African Community on Friday.

The move comes as the 23rd Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State of the East African trading bloc unanimously voted to admit Somalia as its eight members.

President Kiir says he is ready to work for the interests of East African Community member states and that EAC priorities to increase investment in climate-smart agriculture and renewable energy be part of the bloc’s main goals.

The EAC is now made up of Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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