Surprise election

2009-02-05 00:00

The African Union, at its meeting in Addis Ababa this week, has elected Muammar Qaddafi, the maverick despot of Libya, as its president for the incoming year. This is hardly a good advertisement for the advance of democracy in Africa. Gaddaffi wants a United States of Africa under one government. It is an impossible ideal, perhaps governed by his own grand desire to lead it. A mild nod has been given in that direction by renaming the current executive committee an executive authority. It is prudent for AU members to safeguard their sovereign autonomy while seeking the greatest possible co-operation at the same time.

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