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Kutesa: Kazibwe, New Candidates Can Compete for Top AU Job

Foreign Affairs Minister Hon. Sam Kutesa

Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa has revealed participants in today’s race for African Union Commission chairperson can compete when a fresh election is held in January, sildenafil http://clinico.cl/wp-includes/class-wp-comment-query.php 2016.

Dr Speciosa Kazibwe, cheap http://curaacufeni.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/modules/submit.php who represented Uganda, ask was eliminated in the first round of voting after garnering only 11 votes at the African Union Summit in Kigali, Rwanda.

To win, Kazibwe needed 38 the required two-thirds majority vote.

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The Botswana Candidate, Dr Pelonomi Venson-Moitoi of Botswana obtained 16 votes while Equatorial Guinea’s Agapito Mba Mokuy went home with 12 votes.

In the second round after the elimination of Uganda, Moitoi obtained 23 votes while 28 countries abstained including the 15-Member ECOWAS body.

In a press statement issued today evening, Kutesa announced that, “The candidates who competed in this election are eligible to run.”

He was quick to add that “the competition will also be opened to other candidates who might be interested and have necessary qualifications.”

This means Kazibwe and other candidates can compete for the same post.

ECOWAS, which abstained from voting, had earlier written to AU Commission seeking a postponement of the election on grounds that the shortlisted candidates lacked the requisite credentials to lead the continental body.

Kutesa protested calls for the postponement, saying, “rules are rules and they must be respected.”

On Sunday, ECOWAS tried to introduce a late candidate, a move that was firmly rejected by the legal department of the AU Commission.

They then declared they would not vote and deny all the other candidates a two third majority vote.

It remains unclear if Kazibwe will return to face fresh competition.

However, it is likely that ECOWAS will bring on board its own candidate whom it will vote to run the affairs of African Union.

Kutesa confirmed that in the election of the Chairperson “none of candidates including Dr. Specioza Kazibwe Wandira, was able to garner the required two third majority.”

He said the elections of the Chairperson were suspended until the next AU Summit in Addis Ababa in January2017.

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