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    Gadhafi elected president of the African Union By Akbar Muhammad Updated Feb 25, 2009 http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_5674.shtml TRIPOLI, Libya
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      Gadhafi elected president of the African Union
      By Akbar Muhammad
      Updated Feb 25, 2009
      http://www.finalcall.com/artman/publish/article_5674.shtml


      TRIPOLI, Libya (FinalCall.com) - The African Union (AU) summit in the
      Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa recently elected the Leader of the
      Libyan Revolution Muammar Gadhafi new President of the AU. The
      position will give Gadhafi the power to influence policies across
      Africa for the next year.

      Gadhafi immediately vowed to push on with his plans to strengthen the
      institutions of the AU and make the African states stronger, stable
      and peaceful in a rather unstable world.

      In his acceptance speech, he said, "I think the coming time will be a
      time of serious work and a time for action, not just empty words."

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      `In 1999 and up to the establishment of the Union in Durban, South
      Africa in 2002, many dismissed the whole idea of an African Union as
      unrealistic. But due to Gadhafi's insistence, persistence and
      audacity, and his strong belief in the future of a united, prosperous
      African continent—as well as his commitment to devote his country's
      resources to serve such a noble cause—made the dream a reality.'
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      He told Africa's heads of state that there is much to do and that some
      of AU procedures need to be reviewed in order to speed up the
      establishment of African Union institutions.

      He also promised to do all he can to solve the problem of Darfur and
      other African conflicts.In his acceptance speech, Gadhafi acknowledged
      that he, at times, provoked some of Africa's heads of state in order
      to push the agenda of the African Union.

      However, he said, for the African leaders to have different views
      regarding the future of the content ishealthy. Credit goes to all
      heads of state and their sovereign countries for making the right
      decisions, said the Libyan leader. It was reported that in a closed
      meeting much of the opposition to the election of Gadhafi was lead by
      South Africa and Uganda, two countries that the Libyan Leader and his
      country's men and women had helped the most to achieve their goals of
      freedom and justice for their people.

      Gadhafi told the summit he did not wish to take up the post of the
      chairman of the AU earlier, even though he was invited to, because he
      believed that his position was to help push the car regardless who was
      the driver. Africa must realize its dreams of unity, regardless of any
      one's official position.

      Gadhafi is, in fact, the engineer and the founder of the AU. He called
      for an emergency African Summit of the Organization of African Unity
      on Sept. 9, 1999 in Libya, and methodically laid out why the OAU
      should move forward African Union. He said if Dr. Kwame Nkrumah could
      raise from his grave, the masses, the young, the old, the students,
      the workers, the military, the civil servants and the politicians,
      would have carried him on their shoulders.The African masses' real
      objective is to see the birth of a United States of Africa that is
      rich, peaceful and secure.

      In 1999 and up to the establishment of the Union in Durban, South
      Africa in 2002, many dismissed the whole idea of an African Union as
      unrealistic. But due to Gadhafi's insistence, persistence and
      audacity, and his strong belief in the future of a united, prosperous
      African continent—as well as his commitment to devote his country's
      resources to serve such a noble cause—made the dream a reality.

      During the African summit, Gadhafi praised outgoing AU President
      Jakaya Kikwete, who is also the president of Tanzania, for good
      management during his tenure and insisted that the chairman of the AU
      Commission Jean Ping of Gabon should keep his post as he has proven to
      be capable in running the Union's day to day affairs.

      The Presidency of the African Union is a rotating position held by
      heads of state for one year and gives the holder influence over the
      continent's politics.

      Gadhafi believes with so many other Leaders of Africa, as well as
      millions of Africans in the Diaspora, that only a United States of
      Africa can tackle the long-term issues of poverty, disease,
      illiteracy, and conflicts and make the continent a global powerhouse.

      He recognized, however, that there was much work to be done and that
      many African leaders are not in agreement with where and how to start.
      The new AU President is seen by the masses as an accomplished
      statesman in Africa who is seriously committed to serving the
      interests of the continent.

      In his closing speech, Gadhafi made it clear that Libya alone among
      oil-producing nations, has not lost money during the world financial
      crisis.

      "Libya has not lost a single dollar in this crisis.Libya has invested
      billions in Africa. We have not invested in America," he emphasized.

      Gadhafi praised the new American president and described Barack
      Hussein Obama's accession to the White House as a victory against
      racism, and urged the first Black U.S. president to lead his country
      boldly and with integrity."The Black people's struggle has made
      tremendous advances against racism in America. It was God who created
      color. Today President Obama, a son of Kenyan father, a true son of
      Africa, has made it in the United States of America," he said.

      "We hope he will be well protected, strong and unshakable. America
      doesn't belong to the Whites alone. I hope he will be able to
      accomplish the change that he carries in his spirit," Gadhafi added.

      In his Green Book written over 30 years ago, Gadhafi was able to
      foresee that Blacks will prevail in the world. The election of a young
      energetic Black president of the most powerful nation on earth is a
      clear proof that Muammar Gadhafi, a revolutionary thinker, has been
      institutively right.

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