"This is what the African Union member states have decided. I know that they have their own procedures and practices [for] electing their leadership, the President of the African Union. That’s what I know and I respect the will and decision of the African Union."
"With the full knowledge of the onerous responsibility that lies ahead, I humbly accept your collective decision. I do so confidently that I can always count on your full support and cooperation in the execution of the important mandate you have given me."