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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Gaddafi Seeks to Galvanize the AU

Libyan leader and current head of the African Union Muammar Gaddafi is pushing hard at a summit he is hosting for African leaders to adopt his age long and 'controversial' plan of turning the African Union (AU) into a bloc similar to the European Union (EU).

Meanwhile, media reports being monitored by AfricaNews have it that the African heads of state at the dawn of today approved a plan to enhance the powers of the AU. The plan mandates the AU to coordinate defence policy and trade negotiations, Reuters quoted a participant at the summit to have said.

The report said a document enhancing the powers of the African Union's executive body was approved at about 4 a.m. (0200 GMT) after many hours of discussions at the summit, Benin's Foreign Minister Jean-Marie Ehouzou, told reporters.

"We have given agreement for the coordination of foreign affairs and defence," he said. "The states are ready to cede a little bit a part of their sovereignty for the benefit of the (Union)."

The document has to be ratified by member states' parliaments before it comes into force.

link: AfricaNews - Gaddafi pushes AU to adopt EU style - The AfricaNews articles of accreporter


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