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LEADERS of the AFRICAN UNION (AU)

The AU was the culmination of a 100-year-long process of political and economic integration. The AU retains the privileges and rights of a federated sovereignty, with the mandate to defend its territory, secure the unity of Africans, and protect the people's lives. The AU is also product of the amalgamation of the Organization of African Unity (formed in 1963) with the African Community (formed in 1991). The General Secretariat of the OAU served as the secretariat of the African Community until the formation of the AU. In 2002 the Secretariat of the OAU was transformed into the Commission of the African Union with the mandate to serve as the secretariat of the Pan African Parliament, and to share responsibilities with the NEPAD Secretariat and coordinate some of the work of the other institutions and organs of the African Union.

AU Head of State (President of the Pan African Parliament)
Gertrude Ibengwe Mongella - January 2004 to Present

Chairs of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government
Haile Selassie 25 May 1963 - 17 Jul 1964 (d.1975)
Gamal Abdel Nasser 17 Jul 1964 - 21 Oct 1965 (d.1970)
Kwame Nkrumah 21 Oct 1965 - 24 Feb 1966 (d.1972)
Haile Selassie 5 Nov 1966 - 11 Sep 1967 (d.1975)
Joseph-Désiré Mobutu 11 Sep 1967 - 13 Sep 1968 (d.1997)
Houari Boumedienne 13 Sep 1968 - 6 Sep 1969 (d.1978)
Ahmadou Ahidjo 6 Sep 1969 - 1 Sep 1970 (d.1989)
Kenneth Kaunda 1 Sep 1970 - 21 Jun 1971
Moktar Ould Daddah 21 Jun 1971 - 12 Jun 1972
Hasan II 12 Jun 1972 - 27 May 1973 (d.1999)
Yakubu Gowon 27 May 1973 - 12 Jun 1974
Muhammad Siyad Barre 12 Jun 1974 - 28 Jul 1975 (d.1995)
Idi Amin Dada 28 Jul 1975 - 2 Jul 1976 (d.2003)
Seewoosagur Ramgoolam 2 Jul 1976 - 2 Jul 1977 (d.1985)
Omar Bongo 2 Jul 1977 - 18 Jul 1978
Ja'far an-Numeiry 18 Jul 1978 - 12 Jul 1979
William Tolbert 12 Jul 1979 - 12 Apr 1980 (d.)
Léopold Sédar Senghor 28 Apr 1980 - 1 Jul 1980 (d.2001)
Siaka Stevens 1 Jul 1980 - 24 Jun 1981 (d.1988)
Daniel arap Moi 24 Jun 1981 - 6 Jun 1983
Mengistu Haile Mariam 6 Jun 1983 - 12 Nov 1984
Julius Nyerere 12 Nov 1984 - 18 Jul 1985 (d.1999)
Abdou Diouf 18 Jul 1985 - 28 Jul 1986
Denis Sassou Nguesso 28 Jul 1986 - 27 Jul 1987
Kenneth Kaunda 27 Jul 1987 - 25 May 1988
Moussa Traoré 25 May 1988 - 24 Jul 1989
Hosni Mubarak 24 Jul 1989 - 9 Jul 1990
Yoweri Museveni 9 Jul 1990 - 3 Jun 1991
Ibrahim Babangida 3 Jun 1991 - 29 Jun 1992
Abdou Diouf 29 Jun 1992 - 28 Jun 1993
Hosni Mubarak 28 Jun 1993 - 13 Jun 1994
Zine El Abidine Ben Ali 13 Jun 1994 - 26 Jun 1995
Meles Zenawi 26 Jun 1995 - 8 Jul 1996
Paul Biya 8 Jul 1996 - 2 Jun 1997
Robert Mugabe 2 Jun 1997 - 8 Jun 1998
Blaise Compaoré 8 Jun 1998 - 12 Jul 1999
Abdelaziz Bouteflika 12 Jul 1999 - 10 Jul 2000
Gnassingbe Eyadéma 10 Jul 2000 - 9 Jul 2001
Frederick Chiluba 9 Jul 2001 - 2 Jan 2002
Levy Mwanawasa 2 Jan 2002 - 9 Jul 2002
Thabo Mbeki 9 Jul 2002 - 10 Jul 2003
Joaquim Chissano 10 Jul 2003 -

General Secretaries of the OAU

Ato Kifle Wodajo 22 May 1963 - 21 Jul 1964
Diallo Telli 21 Jul 1964 - 15 Jun 1972 (d.1977)
Nzo Ekangaki 15 Jun 1972 - 16 Jun 1974
William Eteki 16 Jun 1974 - 21 Jul 1978
Edem Kodjo 21 Jul 1978 - 12 Jun 1983
Peter Onu 12 Jun 1983 - 20 Jul 1985 (d.1997)
Ide Oumarou 20 Jul 1985 - 19 Sep 1989 (d.2002)
Salim Ahmed Salim 19 Sep 1989 - 17 Sep 2001
Amara Essy 17 Sep 2001 - 9 Jul 2002

Chairs of the AU Commission
Amara Essy 9 Jul 2002 - 16 Sep 2003
Alpha Oumar Konaré 16 Sep 2003 -

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    

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