APPN Commends the AU for decisions on PAP crisis; calls for speedy Ratification of the Malabo Protocol - AFRICAN PARLIAMENTARY NEWS



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Monday, December 13, 2021

APPN Commends the AU for decisions on PAP crisis; calls for speedy Ratification of the Malabo Protocol

The African Parliamentary Press Network (APPN) has commended the intervention of the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat and the other policy organs of the AU in working assiduously and harmoniously to ensure that the misunderstanding that led to disruption of proceedings at the Fourth Ordinary Session of the Fifth Parliament of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) were resolved in line with the established African Union values, rules, and regulations.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by the Chairperson of the APPN Steering Committee, Hon. Olu Ibekwe and APPN Program Coordinator, Hon. Gilbert Borketey Boyefio

The statement recalled that the May election Session of PAP ended in chaos and/ or disorder, due to disagreement among some regions on the application of the principle of rotation in the election of the Parliament’s president and commends the AUC Chairperson H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat for setting up the fact-finding delegation that visited the PAP Secretariat. The team submitted a progress report with far-reaching recommendations formed the basis for the decisions and recommendations of the AU policy organs.

It added that “The various interventions culminated in the decision of 39th Ordinary Session of the African Union Executive Council in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia that only regions that have not had the opportunityto lead the Parliament would be eligible to present candidates at the resumed bureau election to be conducted and managed by the Office of Legal Counsel”

The APPN called on the parliamentarians to bury their individual differences and ambitions and work for the interest of the continent.

“APPN urges the Parliamentarians to accept the resolution of the issue in good faith and henceforth focus on issues that promote a united Africa instead of dwelling on issues that tended to divide us. These include the manufacturing of COVID-19 Vaccines and related drugs in Africa, challenges of youth unemployment, under-development, poverty, insecurity, and promoting participatory democracy”.

“The APPN takes this opportunity to call on all member states that are yet to ratify the Malabo Protocol to do so to give the Pan-African Parliament the needed legislative powers”.

“The APPN assures the Executive Council of the African Union (AU), and the PAP of its unflinching support and collaboration in providing publicity and education for all African citizens on the Continent on the activities of PAP to make it very relevant to them”.

About APPN: The African Parliamentary Press Network is a Network of African journalists and information officers reporting from regional, sub-regional and national Parliaments in Africa. APPN promotes parliamentary openness and cordial working relationship between Parliaments and the media and believes that a well mobilized and resourced press corps or galleries in all African parliaments will set the stage for the work of African Parliaments, including the Pan-African Parliament, to be made visible to the people of Africa.


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