African Union leaders have finally agreed to measure compelling members states to pay their dues as part of a drive to reform a body often seen as toothless and donor-dependent.

Heads of state and ministers gathered at the AU’s headquarters in Addis Ababa this weekend for what was seen as a last-ditch attempt to push through reforms that have been mulled for nearly two years.

The AU in 2016 charged its chairman and Rwandan President Paul Kagame with getting reforms passed, but observers have said time is running out because Egypt which is set to assume the chairmanship is thought to oppose aspects of the agenda.

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