In the African Union will be elected a new leader

Mon, 30.01.2017 18:44

Ethiopian capital will become a politician center of Africa during an election of African's Union head. There are five candidates who are going to replaced current first female chairman of 54 countries block.

Security in Addis Ababa, the seat of the AU, has been scaled up as dignitaries and diplomats lobbying for the candidates descend on the city.

Those seeking the top job in the world's second most populous continent are: Kenya's Foreign Minister Amina Mohamed, Abdoulaye Bathily, a Senegalese diplomat and academic, Chad's Foreign Minister Moussa Faki Mahamat, Botswana's Foreign Minister Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi, and Mba Mokuy, a former political adviser from the ex-Spanish colony of Equatorial Guinea.

The AU was supposed to pick a new leader in July last year but the election was postponed following three rounds of voting after candidates failed to garner the required number of votes. A candidate needs to secure at least a two-thirds majority, 36 votes, to be declared winner.

More than 50 percent of the member states abstained from the second round of voting last year.

The five hopefuls held a televised debate last month to try and persuade undecided countries how to vote and convince the public of their abilities.

The African leaders will also vote on whether to re-admit Morocco into the organisation.

Morocco, the only country on the continent which is not part of AU, applied to rejoin the bloc in July last year.

Rabat withdrew from the union in 1984 to protest against the admission of disputed Western Sahara territories.

Source: Al Jazeera

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