Seychelles endorses its former VP Vincent Meriton to contests for AUC chairmanship

Thursday, May 16th, 2024 15:37 | By
Former Sychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton
Former Sychelles Vice President Vincent Meriton. PHOTO/@_AfricanUnion/X

Seychelles has endorsed its former Vice President Vincent Meriton to contest for the chairmanship position of the African Union Commission (AUC). 

In a statement, Seychelles' Foreign Affairs Department hailed Meriton for championing Seychelles’ position on the Blue Economy on the international stage.

Meriton has previously held several positions in government including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Health and Social Affairs, Information Technology, the Blue Economy and Entrepreneurship Development.

He was the Vice President during Danny Faure’s presidency from 2016 to 2020.

"The Foreign Affairs Department wishes to announce that the Government of Seychelles has endorsed the candidature of Mr Vincent Meriton for the position of Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC) in the election scheduled to take place in February 2025," the statement read in part.

“Meriton’s core objective as chairperson of the AUC is to significantly improve the implementation rate of the Commission’s executive decisions by addressing barriers to implementation and promoting accountability and compliance.”

The chairperson of the commission is elected on a four-year term, renewable once.

Meriton’s competitors

Meriton joins a list of three other candidates seeking to succeed the current chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, who has held the position since 2017.

Other candidates in the race include Kenya's former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Somalia's former Foreign Minister, Fawzia Yusuf Adam and Djibouti's  Foreign Minister, Mahmoud Ali Youssouf.

In March, the African Union Executive Council decided that the next AUC chairperson would come from the Eastern Africa region.

In a statement on March 15, 2024, the executive said the region will be the only one submitting candidates for the position.

"The African Union Executive Council today unanimously adopted a critical decision that it is the turn of the Eastern Africa region to submit candidates for the position of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC). The elections will be held in February 2025," the statement read in part.

The decision also provides that the Northern Africa region will front candidates for the Deputy Chairperson while the other three regions, Central, Southern and Western, will compete for the six positions of commissioners.

The campaign to replace the current AUC chair Moussa Faki is set to officially begin once all interested candidates submit their applications by May this year.

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