After the summit of AU heads of state held in Addis Ababa at the weekend also failed to break the stalemate, AU's rotating chairperson, Benin President Boni Yayi, warned that the continued failure to settle the leadership issue would divide the intercontinental body and weaken its international credibility.
In addition to being South Africa's current home affairs minister, Dlamini-Zuma has previously served as the country's health and foreign affairs minister. The 63-year-old is one of her country's longest-serving ministers.
As the new head of the AU Commission, the most important of the immediate challenges facing Dlamini-Zuma is securing backing from the United Nations for a planned military intervention in Mali, where separatist Tuareg rebels, backed by Islamist militants, have seized control of a large area in the country's north.
Other issues facing the new AU Commission head include the recent military coup in Guinea-Bissau, tensions between Sudan and South Sudan over border and oil-related issues and the ongoing conflicts between rebels and government forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Source: RTT News