African Union names Malawi president as new president

Gaddafi's presidency of the body has been marked by his efforts to promote his vision of a "United States of Africa".

African Union names Malawi president as new president

Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika has been chosen to assume the rotating presidency of the African Union, Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the body's outgoing president, said Sunday.

"My brother president of the republic of Malawi will replace me and take over," Gaddafi said at the opening day of a three-day summit in Addis Ababa.

Gaddafi's presidency of the body has been marked by his efforts to promote his vision of a "United States of Africa" -- a project that has made little progress during his 12 months in charge.

Gaddafi used his farewell speech to again urge African leaders to begin the process of political unification.

"There is no need for any title, I'll remain in the front struggling," he added.

"The world's engine is turning into 7 or 10 countries and we are not aware of that," Gaddafi said. "The EU is becoming one country and we are not aware of it. We have to get united to be united. Let's be united today."

The chairmanship is usually decided on a regional, rotating basis and this year was the turn of southern Africa.


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