Libya to dominate AU summit

The Libyan political crisis will dominate the African Union’s (AU) summit starting in Equatorial...

Libyan leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi gestures as he enters the U.N. headquarters for the UN General Assembly on 23 September 2009. AFP

The Libyan political crisis will dominate the African Union's (AU) summit starting in Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday.

There are growing calls from continental leaders for Muammar Gaddafi to step down.

The summit in Malabo will hear the report of the AU panel seeking a peaceful settlement in the North African state.

On Sunday, President Jacob Zuma announced that the Libyan strongman had agreed to stay out of peace talks.

Officials in Pretoria said this signalled the end for Gaddafi.

But AU leaders are expected to maintain a united front on the continent's most burning issue.