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Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adam challenges Kenya's Raila Odinga for African Union's top job

Thursday February 29, 2024

Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adam celebrates after being re-elected as a federal Member of Parliament in Somalia, December 19, 2021. 

Mogadishu (HOL) - Former Somali Foreign Minister Fawzia Yusuf Haji Adam has announced her run for the African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson role, setting up a notable contest against Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Adam could be the first Somali to occupy this significant position if elected for the term spanning 2025 to 2028.

Breaking new ground as Somalia's initial female Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister from November 2012 to January 2014, Adam has a history of pioneering achievements. Her tenure was distinguished by diplomatic victories, such as forging major international alliances and promoting Somalia's global standing. Her leadership was crucial in peace-building efforts and re-establishing Somalia's global connections.

Adam also plays a vital role in Somali politics as a current member of parliament and leader of the National Democratic Alliance party.

Supported by Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Prime Minister Hamza Abdi Barre, Adam's campaign is driven by her commitment to Pan-African unity, sustainable growth, and gender equality. Her comprehensive seven-point plan demonstrates a solid dedication to elevating Africa's influence globally and tackling essential issues like climate change, peace, and security.

Her competitor, Raila Odinga, known for his long-standing influence in Kenyan politics, has secured support from various East African leaders and has served as the AU High Representative for Infrastructure. Odinga's well-established candidacy highlights the intense competition of this election.

Adam expressed her motivations and goals in an interview with Daily Nation: "I have a deep passion for Africa and a strong desire to contribute to the continent's development and progress. By running for the chairperson of the AU, I aim to strengthen the bonds between African countries and work towards a more united and integrated continent."



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