Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Gabon Wednesday became the 40th OAU Member State to deposit its instrument of ratification of the African Union Constitutive Act, with the General Secretariat.
The OAU said in statement that Gabon's instrument of ratification was handed to the OAU Secretary-General Salim Ahmed Salim by that country's representative to the Addis Ababa-based continental Organisation, Emmanuel Medoume-Nze.
Salim welcomed the step by Gabon, and urged stronger African co-operation, integration, security and stability.
The African Union Act went into force 26 May after the statutory two-thirds or 36 Members had deposited their instruments of ratification.
Salim stressed the need to speed the process of ratification and deposit of the instruments by all Member States.
The OAU 37th Summit of 9-11 July in Lusaka, Zambia, is expected to provide guidelines on the way forward for the African Union, which is to replace the OAU founded in 1963.