African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat is seeking to avoid embarrassment for the institution's host country after an audit questioned the skills of around a hundred of its senior officials, most of them Ethiopian.
Neither of the two major North African nations is willing to step back, so the region can become first vice president of the AU in 2023, paving the way to become chair in 2024. Current chairperson Azali Assoumani is pulling out all the stops to reach consensus.
Comoros President Azali Assoumani, who is about to take the helm of the pan-African institution, risks coming under pressure from states that have traditionally been a friend to his archipelago nation. Rwanda, Morocco, DR Congo and France will all be jockeying for advantage from his chairmanship of the African Union.
For several weeks the North Africa region has been unable to choose between Morocco and Algeria for the first vice presidency of the African Union. Cairo has now thrown its hat into the ring in the hope of resolving the impasse.
Topics to be raised at the AU heads of state summit to be held in Addis Ababa from 18-19 February will range from political, financial and energy governance, UN security council reforms, to the AU's response to climate change.
The presidents of Kenya and the Comoros both want to propel their country to the head of the African Union for 2023, but they have been avoiding each other and their advisors have not been able to reach any agreement.
In his quest to take over the helm of the pan-African body, Azali Assoumani has deployed his envoys on a charm offensive aimed at winning over his peers. Meanwhile, Kenya's William Ruto has yet to get his own campaign off the ground.
Making the most of the current post-election vacuum in Kenya, the leader of the Indian Ocean archipelago nation Azali Assoumani has stepped up his efforts to grab the African Union presidency next year from its great rival.