African union celebrates 50th anniversary
May 25 , 2013
On Saturday morning, African leaders flagged off the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the African Union. In commemoration of unity and harmony in the region, African Union Chairman and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn spoke to other leaders of African nations and said that their attempt should be to "create a continent free from poverty and conflict, and an Africa whose citizens enjoy a middle income status".
The 53-member African Union was established in 2002. Since its inception, the union has been has been cohesive in its attempt to bring political and social stability to the continent which has a troubled history of violence and conflicts.