Gadhafi elected president of the African Union

By Akbar Muhammad | Last updated: Feb 25, 2009 - 3:17:00 PM

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TRIPOLI, Libya ( - 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.”


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 continentas well as his commitment to devote his countrys resources to serve such a noble causemade the dream a reality.
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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