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Chad and Kenya join battle to lead AU, Uganda’s Kazibwe out

Held talks with Togolese President H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé on the sidelines of the Lomé Conference.
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta talks to Togolese Presidentaure Essozimna Gnassingbé on the sidelines of the Lomé Conference. On his left is Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed who is bidding to lead the AU.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | 

Kenya, Senegal and Chad will each nominate a candidate to become the new head of the African Union, which failed to choose a successor to Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in July.

A list of candidates, obtained by AFP but not yet made public, includes Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed, her Chadian opposite number Moussa Faki Mahamat and Senegal’s Abdoulaye Bathily, currently the UN’s special representative for Central Africa.

The vote is due to be held in January at the next AU summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The two remaining names on the list — Agapito Mba Mokuy from Equatorial Guinea and Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi from Botswana — were among the candidates rejected by African leaders in July during a summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

Together with Uganda’s Dr. Wandira Kazibwe, who is not on the list seen by AFP, none achieved the necessary two-thirds majority in the secret ballot, with some states complaining of a “lack of stature” among the contenders.

A new AU Commission President must be chosen because Dlamini-Zuma declined to run for a second four year term.

The chairmanship traditionally rotates between different regions of the continent with the Anglophone Dlamini-Zuma, from South Africa, replacing French-speaking Jean Ping, from Gabon, in 2012.

 

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