2025 AUC Chairperson election

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55 eligible[Note 1] votes of the AU member states
two-thirds votes needed to win
Candidate Raila Odinga Fawzia Yusuf Adam
Country  Kenya  Somalia
Region East Africa East Africa

Incumbent Commission Chair

Moussa Faki

An African Union Commission Chairperson election will be held in February 2025 to choose the fifth Commission Chair to succeed incumbent Chairperson Moussa Faki.[1]


Official candidates
Image Name Prior experience Nominator Nominated Regional group Endorsements Vote pledges
Fawzia Yusuf Adam[2] Former Foreign Minister (2012–2014)  Somalia[3] 14 January 2024 East Africa
Raila Odinga  Kenya February 2024 East Africa

Potential candidates

Image Name Prior experience Country Regional group
Jakaya Kikwete[1][6]  Tanzania East Africa
Specioza Kazibwe[6] Former Vice President (1994–2013)  Uganda East Africa
Uhuru Kenyatta[8][6]  Kenya East Africa


  1. ^ As of March 2024, six member states are currently suspended.


  1. ^ a b "Raila Odinga's bid for AU chair wins consensus in Nairobi". Africa Confidential. 21 February 2024. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  2. ^ "Fowzia Yusuf Haji Aden Nominated by Somalia for African Union Commission Chairperson". Mustaqbal Media. 14 January 2024. Retrieved 28 February 2024.
  3. ^ @SomaliPM (January 14, 2024). "FawziaYusufAdam will represent the government of Somalia in the race for the Chairman of the African Union Commission." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b c d e Munene, Cynthia (29 February 2024). "Raila Says 7 African Presidents Have Endorsed His AU Bid". Citizen TV. Retrieved 2024-03-03.
  5. ^ @RailaOdinga (February 26, 2024). "I am very grateful to President Museveni for strongly endorsing my candidacy and to President Ruto for fully backing it" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  6. ^ a b c Mutambo, Aggrey (18 February 2024). "Raila's AU Commission job hunt may prove to be an apt exit or trapdoor". The East African. Retrieved 2024-03-03.
  7. ^ "Profiles of AU Special Envoys, High Representatives, Special Representatives, and the Panel of the Wise". African Union, Peace and Security Dept. September 2022. Retrieved 2024-03-03.
  8. ^ Ngetich, Jacob (February 2024). "Why Uhuru shelved AU job bid in favour of Raila". The Standard. Retrieved 2024-03-03.