Discussion: Gaddafi named chairman of AU. So what?
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi was named this year’s chairman of the African Union. After he had used the spotlight to promote his illusion of a unified African confederation – the United States of Africa – he went on to strike a more serious note. The tawdrily dressed autocrat diagnosed Africa’s most serious problem: multi-party democracy. Because African societies are based on tribal structures, democratic systems based on competing parties would only lead to conflicts, according to Gaddafi. After all, political systems should be more like his: undemocratic.
The question I’m posing here is whether you believe that Gaddafi’s chairmanship is actually going to have an impact on the African Union’s position towards unconstitutional turnovers? Libya has a long history of supporting rebel movements and has on numerous occasions been suspected to have been a driving force behind mainly military coups. In the political mess in Mauritania he is likely to have his say and in look-alike Guinea he is a friend of military stability. So far the African Union has always been quite keen on condemning unconstitutional turnovers and expelling states. Will Gaddafi be able to use his financial incentives to alter the African Union’s position? And what do you guys think will be the implications regarding the current situation in post-coup states and their international acceptance?