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Revealed: Why PAP session was suspended

Facts have emerged as to why the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) which commenced on Monday May 24 was suspended by the Clerk of the Parliament, Mr. Vipya Harawa.

The session was to have led to the election of a new president and four vice presidents to run the affairs of the Parliament for the next three years but was abruptly suspended sine die when the situation became uncontrollable.

This followed the “disagreements and disruptions that transpired during the procession of the Plenary on 31 May and 01 June as the PAP was looking to elect the President and Vice Presidents of its Bureau” wrote Harawa

In a letter with reference CCP/O/0674.06.21 dated June 1, 2021, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC), Moussa Faki Mohamed observed that the current PAP electoral system sends “a very negative of the Parliament and subsequently of the African Union”.

“I therefore suggest to you and your honourable colleagues to suspend for a month, all activities of the Parliament to create conducive conditions for peaceful, free and regular electoral process aiming at renewal of its leadership”.

Moussa Faki Mohamed also advised that all activities of the Parliament be suspended for a month.

Copies of the letter were “the Interim Speaker of the African Parliament” and Ambassador Dr. Namira Negm, Legal Counsel, African Union.

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