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Vol 50 No 3

Published 6th February 2009


Diversions and deviations at the Summit

Pressing issues on Somalia, Sudan and the global financial crisis were sidelined by a protracted argument about continental government

'At least our meetings with Libya's Moammar el Gadaffi as Chairman won't be boring', said one official ruefully at the African Union's 1-4 February summit in Addis Ababa. As if to buttress his point, Colonel Gadaffi then entered the conference hall, resplendent in an orange agbada and red fez and sporting wraparound sunglasses; he was accompanied by a retinue of yet more sumptuously dressed African traditional rulers who had earlier pronounced the Libyan leader to be 'Africa's King of Kings.'

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