More Drama | West vs South | No Rotation | No Election | Pan African Parliament
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With the situation still tense in the House, officials trying to restore calm.
A session of the Pan African Parliament (PAP) descended into chaos on Monday.
A delegation of MPs from the southern and northern regions called for the implementation of the rotational policy, which would see the next leader of the continental parliament coming from these regions.
The East Africa and Economic Community of West African States opposed this, saying it was not part of the rules and rejected legal advice which supported the implementation of the principle.
The outgoing PAP president Roger Dang is from Cameroon. There are allegations that he has been mobilising for a West African candidate to be elected.
“That is what we are defending, rotation and nothing else. The countries and regions that want to bully us have been doing that for years, and we are saying we have to put a stop to it and allow every region an opportunity to lead this continent,” said Majodina.
The leader of the SA delegation to PAP, Amos Masondo, chair of SA’s National Council of Provinces, shared Majodina’s sentiment, saying the African Parliament has, over the years, been guided by the work of the AU.
“One of the principles of the AU when it comes to electing leadership is the principle of rotation. That no one, or a few, regions will be allowed to have all the power to run the work of the Pan African Parliament, or have power that cannot be mitigated by the regions that are in place.
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