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Vol 50 No 12

Published 12th June 2009

The other Pan-Africanists

The Pan-African Parliament is seeking greater powers, clashing with Gadaffi's proposals for a continent-wide government

Amid the calls for an immediate union government for Africa by Libya's Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi, this year’s African Union Chairman, many overlook the existence of the Pan-African Parliament, based in South Africa. The Addis Ababa-based AU is for the continent’s heads of state, and in his more radical days Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni dismissed its predecessor, the Organisation of African Unity, as a ‘dictators’ trades union’. The PAP brings together a much wider range of politicians, views and interests.

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