Kadhafi insists on African government idea

Sirte- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi Tuesday restated the idea of an African government to accelerate the integration and unification process.
PANA learnt that the Libyan leader initiated consultations to this effect before the end of the African Union (AU) summit here Tuesday, following suggestions by the Committee of Seven, chaired by the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni.
The integration issue and the planned UN reform dominated system discussions at the Sirte summit and a compromise was apparently reached for preliminary consultations to continue so that a report would be submitted to the AU mid-term summit in Addis Ababa in January 2006.
The Committee of seven chaired by Uganda, also included Senegal, Ethiopia, Zambia, Tunisia, Chad and Nigeria.
It was gathered that a proposal made during private session was for the creation of a continental government with seven or eight ministerial departments.
The portfolios included Environment, Health, Energy, Education, Scientific Research, Culture and Infrastructure.
The Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on the one hand, and Security and Defence, on the other, considered as more sensitive, would have two coordinators, one for each department.
Museveni explained that the ultimate goal was to delegate all appropriate powers to a continental political authority, which would push forward continental projects and programmes whenever necessary.
Another suggestion is that the AU Commission Chairperson could be made a "super Prime Minister" who will be responsible for coordinating the activities of the political authorities.
But the debate lasted more than three hours before the compromise was struck and it was in this light that Kadhafi made a last ditch attempt early Tuesday, with the assistance of some members of the Committee of seven on the issue.

05 july 2005 18:24:00

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