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Africa to celebrate progress and 50 years of 'unity'

Published on May 25, 2013 10:23 AM
 
Soldiers from different countries constituting the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) laugh together during an event held at the AMISOM basecamp in Mogadishu, to mark the African Union's 50th anniversary, on May 23, 2013. African leaders gathered Saturday ahead of extravagant celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the continental bloc, with Africa's myriad problems set aside for a day to mark the progress that has been made. -- PHOTO: AFP

ABABA, Ethiopia (AFP) - African leaders gathered Saturday ahead of extravagant celebrations for the 50th jubilee of the continental bloc, with Africa's myriad problems set aside for a day to mark the progress that has been made.

Mass dancing troupes are set to perform musical dramas to some 10,000 guests in a giant hall in the Ethiopian capital, home to the African Union (AU).

Today's 54-member AU is the successor of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), established amid the heady days as independence from colonial rule swept the continent in 1963.

African leaders are expected to be joined by French President Francois Hollande, China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

 
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