Monday, February 02, 2009

Gaddafi - Head of African Union?

Diplomatic sources in Egypt are quoted as saying that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has been elected by member states as the head of the African Union who have been meeting this weekend in Addis Ababa.

If true, the news is a significant achievement for Libya's head of state, who came to power in a military coup in 1969 and is the world's longest-standing head of government. As reported on this blog, the Colonel has been making efforts in recent years to reintegrate Libya into the international community following years of diplomatic isolation and UN sanctions. These efforts included hosting African tribal chiefs in Libya last summer, a gathering which included the acclamation of Colonel Gaddafi as "king of kings".

The African Union's aims include accelerating "the political and socio-economic integration of the continent" while Colonel Gaddafi himself has advocated the introduction of a common African currency. The Colonel is clearly not an Afro-skeptic.

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