Pan-African parliament opens in South Africa

"I believe the pan-African parliament will help with the integration of Africa through institutions which is one of its intentions," Kenya's high commissioner to South Africa Patrick Wamoto said.

Pan-African parliament opens in South Africa

World Bulletin / News Desk

The 4th session of the pan-African parliament opened in South African on Monday, with members pledging to uphold and promote the values of continental institution.

"I believe the pan-African parliament will help with the integration of Africa through institutions which is one of its intentions," Kenya's high commissioner to South Africa Patrick Wamoto told Anadolu Agency.

During the opening session, parliament speaker Bethel Nnaemeka called on new members to take their oath.

"I now call upon the chairperson of the Rules, Privileges and Discipline committee to read out the rules of procedure to members," he said.

Established in 2004, the PAP is a legislative organ of the African Union (AU), with the aim of ensuring full participation of the peoples of Africa and their grassroots organizations in governance and economic integration.

It also aims to promote the principles of human rights and democracy in Africa and boost peace, security and stability across the continent.

Each AU member contributes 5 members of parliament to the continental parliament, which holds two plenary sessions in May and October and two sittings of the Permanent Committees in March and August every year.

Meanwhile, Somalia’s representative to the PA plans to sponsor a motion to increase more troops to the Horn of African country.

"We are going to raise the issue of increasing more peacekeeping troops to Somalia because we want more African countries to send troops so that the country can attain peace," Abdisamad M. Hassan, a former minister of interior and national security, told AA.

Somalia has remained in the grip of on-again, off-again violence since the outbreak of civil war in 1991.

The country had appeared to inch closer to stability with the recent installation of a new government and the intervention of African Union troops tasked with combatting Al-Shabaab.

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