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Raila Odinga's AU Bid in turmoil as OIC members back Somalia's Fawzia Yusuf

by  Amos Khaemba
Monday May 6, 2024

Nairobi - Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga has received a major setback in his bid for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship position.

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The former prime minister is facing a stiff competition from Somalia's candidate Fawzia Yusuf Adam.

In the latest development, Somalia’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, has disclosed that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), has expressed support for Somalia’s nomination of Fawzia for the position of Chairperson of AUC for the 2025–2028 term.

Fiqi said it was a big win for Somalia, given OIC has nearly 30 African member states.

"Somalia appreciates and is grateful for the support of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which has nearly 30 members from Africa, for taking note and endorsing Somalia's nomination of Fawzia Yusuf Adam for the position of AU Chairperson for 2025-2028," Fiqi said.

If Fawzia gets the support of the 30 African Union member states, she will be ahead of other candidates, given that the AU is made up of 55 member states.

Djibouti's Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, is also eying the same position, given it is reserved for Eastern African countries.

Why Kenya Kwanza leaders are unhappy with Raila Meanwhile, Raila's unexpected criticism of President William Ruto's administration attracted responses from Kenya Kwanza Alliance leaders and supporters.

Some asked the president to reconsider supporting the former prime minister in the African Union Commission chairmanship position.

What you need to know about Raila Odinga's AU bid

  • Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga as chairperson of the African Union Commission.
  • Lawyer Miguna Miguna raised concerns about Raila's eligibility for the African Union Commission position.
  • Azimio La Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga intensified lobbying and campaigns for his bid for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairman seat.


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