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African Union Largely Silent About Gadhafi's Death

African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping (file).
African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping (file).

The African Union has remained largely silent about the death of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhadfi, who once led the alliance and served as its largest benefactor.

AU commission chairman Jean Ping released a statement on Friday simply noting Gadhafi's death.

Mr. Ping then focused on the African Union's concern for the Libyan people, their aspirations and the need for national reconciliation.He stated the alliance is committed to working with Libya's new leaders and an inclusive transitional authority that will help form a new, democratic Libya.

Gadhafi, who once proclaimed himself the King of Kings of Africa, served as the AU's chairman two year ago.  

The late leader wielded a huge influence in the 15-member alliance, using Libya's substantial oil wealth to become its top financier.

The AU recognized the National Transitional Council as Libya's rightful government late last month, drawing international criticism for waiting so long to take the step.

Some leaders in sub-Saharan Africa charged the delay showed that the AU was out of touch.

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