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As Libya's dictator struggles to keep his grip on power, one of his pet projects appears to be moving ahead at the African Union, which took initial steps Tuesday toward creating his grand plan: the United States of Africa.
South Africa-based analyst Francis Ikome acknowledged the odd confluence of events but said while Col. Gadhafi has been the main proponent of unity in recent years, the idea dates back to the 1960s.
"Some people think that the continent is nowhere near ready for the unity that Gadhafi is pushing," said Mr. Ikome, who leads the African Conflict Prevention program at the Pretoria-based Institute for Security Studies. "And while many leaders publicly pay lip service to this idea, they don't really support it."