African Union Changes Guards

Feb 18 , 2023

Azali Assoumani, president of Comoros, chairs the African Union (AU) for the next four years. The military officer has served as President of Comoros, a country found in southeastern Africa, since April 2019. He became head of state after staging a coup d'état in 1999 and was elected president from 2002 to 2006 and again from 2016 to 2019. The 36th African Union Summit unfolded in the capital last week which saw the attendance of leaders of African countries at AU headquarters in Addis Ababa. Three sessions of the Executive Council and AU Assembly were scheduled to endorse the policies. AU formerly known as the Organisation of African Unity was established in 1963, having Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, and South Africa as its founding members. It now consists of the 55 member states that make up the African Continent.



A painting depicts traditional farming equipment at the Science Museum around the Arat Kilo area. Since the seizing of power by the current administration, large-scale architectural projects marked by grandeur have proliferated across the capital. The satellite city being built in the Yeka mountains, which is set to cost around 600 billion Br, according to the Prime Minister, is one such project yet to see the light of day. Some estimates put the plot size for the project at around 503hct despit...



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