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Uncertainty, outrage abound as African Union prepares for management election

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The African Union Commission elections which are slated for February 7 within the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa is going through an unprecedented degree of public outcry on account of the truth that for the primary time in its historical past the incumbent Chairman, Faki Moussa Mahamat of Chad, is working unopposed for a second four-year time period.
Many observers have raised critical issues concerning the method during which the present chair, who’s broadly seen in Africa as a puppet of France, has managed to mobilize stiff opposition from potential candidates like the previous African Union Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, who was sacked by Mahamat for “daring to expose France’s chicanery in siphoning billions of euros from Francophone countries in Africa”, in accordance with the President of the Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa, Sarfo Abebrese.
Abebrese’s group, which companions with the African Union to make use of sports activities to construct unity throughout the continent for peace and improvement, has waded into African Union Commission (AUC) politics ever for the reason that sacking of Arikana in 2019 and has thrown its help behind her and AUC Deputy Chairman, Thomas Kwesi Quartey, in an effort to unseat Mahamat.
With barely a few weeks to go for the elections, it has emerged that Mahamat would be the solely title on the poll paper, however the COSUA President is just not giving up.
Sarfo Abebrese is the founder and President of the Pan African NGO, the Coalition of Supporters Unions of Africa, (COSUA), which operates in 50 of the 54 nations of Africa, with the mandate of the African Union, to make use of sports activities to construct African Unity. He can be an legal professional of the New York Supreme Court and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana.“The rules are clear, that even if he runs unopposed, he is still required to secure the votes of no less than 37 of the 55 Heads of State who will be voting on the 7th,” Abebrese defined in a phone interview with New Europe, including, “We have launched the ‘#Catch19agenda’ to lobby our presidents with the aim of getting up to 19 of them to decline to vote so as to ensure that Faki falls short of the 37-vote requirement. This will trigger a six-month postponement of the polls and a re-opening of nominations for other interested candidates to come in,” stated Abebrese.
Abebrese concluded by saying that his group is motivated by the priority set by the African Union in 2016 the place three candidates have been deemed insufficiently consultant.
“Faki was the biggest beneficiary of a wise decision by Dr. (Nkosazana Dlamini) Zuma (of South Africa) who postponed the elections to allow him and one more candidate to join in for the re-run, which Faki won. Now, he is refusing to return the favor and follow in the democratic precedence set by his predecessor…he must be voted out,” Abebrese concluded.
In the weeks main as much as the February 7 elections, regional watchers and the impartial media might want to preserve an in depth eye on the controversies surrounding the African Union’s determination to proceed with an uncontested election, and its single candidate with a questionable historical past, or heed the general public’s rising requires a postponement.

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