Raila Odinga Faces AU Leadership Challenge as OIC Embraces Somalia’s Fawzia Yusuf

Nairobi – The leader of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Coalition Party, Raila Odinga, has faced a significant setback in his quest for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairmanship.

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The former prime minister is up against tough competition from Somalia’s candidate, Fawzia Yusuf Adam.

In a recent update, Somalia’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, revealed that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has pledged support for Somalia’s nomination of Fawzia for the AUC Chairperson position for the 2025–2028 term.

Fiqi expressed gratitude for OIC’s endorsement, noting that the organization boasts around 30 African member states.

“If Fawzia secures the support of the 30 African Union member states, she will have an advantage over other candidates, as the AU comprises 55 member states.

Djibouti’s Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, is also eyeing the same role, reserved for Eastern African nations.

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Some have urged the president to rethink his backing of the former prime minister for the African Union Commission chair.

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