Dlamini-Zuma confirms launch of African Union

SOUTH AFRICA - The July launch in Durban of the African Union (AU) will go ahead despite contrary advice obtained from a panel of some of the continent's "eminent people", Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said yesterday. The AU Act envisaged, among other things, the setting up of such institutions as an African central bank.

The AU, successor to the 39year-old Organisation of African Unity (OAU), is to be the continent's Parliament. African countries took this decision in July l

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