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African Union Holds Summit Amid the Ongoing Crises

The African Union (AU) was launched in 2002 as a successor of the organization of African Unity. The African Union is a continental organization that consists of 55 countries that are part of the African Continent. The organization has an OAU Charter which lay down the following as the purpose of the organization. 

  • To promote the unity and solidarity of the African States;
  • To enhance their cooperation and efforts to achieve a better life for the peoples of Africa;
  • To work on their sovereignty, their territorial integrity and independence;
  • To eradicate all forms of colonialism from Africa; and
  • To promote international cooperation and work towards peace and stability.

On 5th February 2022, the Union started their summit with all the 55 countries being present. The summit which was for two days came at the time when a spate of military coups and the coronavirus pandemic has taken over the continent. The organization which was formed almost 20 years back to promote peace and stability in the region and further enhance has been struggling for the past 18 months over the emergence of coups in different parts of the continent. Also, the covid-19 has affected the continent in much worse ways over the last three years. Due to the concerns over these issues and topics, the organization has time and again been criticised for being unable to resolve the issues and also lead forward the process of elections. According to the recent articles and researchers in the countries have stated that the election process has been stated just as a mere formality and all of the countries in these continents have been struggling to hold elections. Although the people across the continent have been protesting against the coup yet the establishment of the democratic process in these countries still have a long way to go.