Raila Odinga’s Bid for AU Chairmanship Faces Setback as Somalia Gains OIC Support

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

Facing stiff competition from Somalia’s candidate Fawzia Yusuf Adam, Raila’s chances have further dwindled with Somalia securing support from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Somalia’s Foreign Minister, Ahmed Moalim Fiqi, announced that the OIC, with nearly 30 African member states, has endorsed Fawzia’s nomination for the 2025–2028 term. This endorsement has provided a significant boost to Somalia’s campaign.

With 55 member states in the AU, if Fawzia secures the support of the 30 African Union member states, she will be in a favorable position. Moreover, Djibouti’s Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf, is also vying for the position, as it is reserved for Eastern African countries.

Meanwhile, Raila Odinga’s unexpected criticism of President William Ruto’s administration has drawn reactions from Kenya Kwanza Alliance leaders and supporters, urging the president to reconsider his support for Raila’s candidacy for the African Union Commission chairmanship position.

**Key Points about Raila Odinga’s AU Bid:**

– Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo has endorsed ODM leader Raila Odinga for the chairperson of the African Union Commission.
– Lawyer Miguna Miguna has raised concerns about Raila’s eligibility for the African Union Commission position.
– Raila Odinga has intensified lobbying and campaigns for his bid for the African Union Commission (AUC) chairman seat.

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