AU to hold summit in Libya

2009-05-19 19:09

Addis Ababa - The African Union will hold its next summit in Sirte, Libya, on July 1-3, the organisation announced on Tuesday.

The Indian Ocean island of Madagascar was to host the AU's second biannual meeting but was suspended by the 53-member bloc following a political crisis that erupted earlier this year.

"The decision was taken on Monday during the meeting of the Permanent Representatives Committee (PRC) at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa," the AU said in a statement.

Heads of states and governments will discuss agricultural investment during the body's 13th ordinary summit, it added.

Madagascar has been mired by political crisis since weeks of protests saw army-backed opposition chief Andry Rajoelina topple Marc Ravalomanana as president in March, sparking international condemnation.

Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is the current AU chairman. He was elected in February.