Kenya: Kenyan foreign minister to run for top AU post

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - Kenya's foreign minister Amina Mohamed has joined the race to replace Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma as the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, the local media reported on Monday.

The Daily Nation quoted President Uhuru Kenyatta as saying during a youth Summit in Nairobi that Kenya has nominated the foreign affairs Cabinet Secretary to run for the Chairperson's post.

The AU Commission was forced to re-open the race for the next Chairperson after elections held in Kigali, Rwanda, failed to produce a conclusive winner after several voting rounds.

The elections would be conducted in January 2017 during the next Summit.

The Kenyan candidate joins the rest of the candidates, including Uganda's former Vice President Kazibwe Wandira, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) candidate Pelomeni, Agapito Mba Mokuy of Equatorial Guinea and Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal.

The current office holder, Dlamini-Zuma, has decided not to run for a second term in office.

The a candidate must gain 36 votes from the 54 heads of state and government to be elected for a four-year term renewable once.

The current office holder took office after the elections in 2012, one of the most contested votes for the post, that was postponed when the incumbent, Jean Ping, failed to get the required two-thirds majority.

Amina Mohamed is not running for the first time for a top office at the AUC.

In 2008, she ran unsuccessfully for the post of a Commissioner for Political Affairs. She also ran for the top of Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

She previously served as deputy executive director at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in Nairobi.
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03 october 2016 11:51:41

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