Canada’s campaign to save the International Criminal Court was given a boost on Monday when the African Union refused to give a key leadership post to a strong opponent of the controversial court.
In a close-fought election, the African Union narrowly voted to give its top official post to Chad’s Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, who has supported the war-crimes court. He defeated the foreign minister of Kenya, where the government has accused the court of being a racist puppet of imperialist powers.
Three African governments announced last year that they will quit the international court, triggering a crisis that has threatened its survival.
Canada’s former foreign minister, Stéphane Dion, travelled to three African countries last year in an attempt to defend the beleaguered court. Canada was a key leader in creating the court in the late 1990s, but many African leaders…