From ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – THE race to succeed Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) has resumed weeks after the continent failed to elect a leader fo to ascend to arguably the most powerful seat in the continent’s politics.
The elections are scheduled to be held during the 28th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government, scheduled for January 30-31, 2017, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Apart from the chairpersonship, the nomination process has also begun for the Deputy Chairperson and eight Commissioners of the AU.
Re-opening the process allows for both the former candidates and new hopefuls to run for any of the ten positions.
The election of the Members of the AU Commission held in Kigali, Rwanda in July was suspended since none of the contenders for the position of the Chairperson of the commission obtained the required two-thirds majority, after seven rounds of voting.
The candidates vying for the position were Botswana Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson Moitoi, Equatorial Guinea Foreign Minister, Agapito Mba Mokuy, and Specioza Wandira Kazibwe, former Ugandan vice president.
– CAJ News