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Secrets of Raila Odinga’s quest for African Union’s plum job

Azimio leader Raila Odinga.

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What you need to know:

  • Mr Odinga is understood to be relying on his networks in the continental body, having served as AU High Representative for Infrastructure Development in Africa, to assess the strength of his candidature.
  • Only after he is assured that his candidature is strong enough will the former prime minister formally apply for the position, whose holder is the commission’s chief executive officer and legal representative of the AU.
  • Since the Head of State who is chosen to chair the AU has only a one-year term, the AUC chairperson is instrumental in ensuring the continuity of work at the AU.