NEWLY ELECTED SECRETARY GENERAL OF OAU ESSY AMARA AT MULUNGUSHI.
Newly elected Secretary General of Organisation of the African Unity
(OAU) Essy Amara celebrates after he was elected at the 37th OAU summit
taking place at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka
July 10, 2001. African leaders met behind closed doors on Tuesday to
chart the future of a new pan-African body to replace the Organisation
of African Unity (OAU) after electing the man to take charge of it.
After much haggling the presidents settled on Ivory Coast's veteran
former foreign minister, Amara Essy, as the interim secretary-general
of the OAU. He will play a pivotal role in the 38-year-old OAU's
transition into the African Union (AU).