Gadafi takes control of AU

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is expected be become the new leader of the African Union. The...

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Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is expected be become the new leader of the African Union.

The announcement was made ahead of an official declaration by the more than 20 African heads of state gathered in <?xml:namespace prefix="st1" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"?><city w:st="on">Addis Ababa in <country-region w:st="on"><place w:st="on">Ethiopia</country-region>.

The Rotating Annual Presidency of the African Union gives its holder considerable sway over the affairs of the continent.

Gaddafi, attending the summit in gold-embroidered robes, has declared himself <place w:st="on">Africa’s king of kings.

His previous attempts to become president have divided <place w:st="on">Africa but things have changed both in Gaddafi’s own policies and in the way the continent is run.

During the year, the AU will name a beefed-up executive that will outrank the current commission and advance Gaddafi’s goal of a United States of Africa.