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PAP Bureau embarks on consultation drive ahead of election session

The Acting President of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP), Hon. Lucia Dos Passos, has urged members of the legislative arm of the African Union (AU) to demonstrate the spirit of Pan-Africanism and a sense of duty towards African citizens to support efforts to restore full normalcy to the continental body.

Hon. Lucia Dos Passos stated this while addressing a consultative session held on Friday last week between the Bureau and the Southern African Caucus of the PAP. The meeting was part of a consultation process with the five regional caucuses to ensure that all stakeholders are kept informed of the latest developments as the Parliament prepares for an elective session to fill the vacancies in the Bureau.

In her opening remarks, Hon. Dos Passos noted that the current context on the continent requires the contribution of a fully functional PAP.

"The African Union's focus on education this year presents an opportunity to advocate for the right to education for young girls. Youth unemployment remains a critical issue and needs urgent attention. The continent also faces a food security challenge that has been exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine. The peace and security situation, underscored by unconstitutional changes of government, is worrisome. These are issues that demand African Parliamentarians remain engaged to contribute to solutions as expected by the citizenry and in accordance with our mandate," said Hon. Dos Passos.

The virtual meeting with the Southern African Caucus included an update by the Acting President on the implementation of the decisions of the 44th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council regarding the situation in the Pan-African Parliament. The Secretariat also made a presentation on guidelines for candidacies, while possible dates for an Extraordinary Session to fill vacancies were discussed.

Source: Pan-African Parliament

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