Africa Politics & Current Affairs

A chaotic day of division: The Pan-African parliament votes for new president

Chaos has once again descended at another of the Pan-African Parliament sitting on Tuesday which was held in Midrand, South Africa. The members were complaining that the clerk who was heading proceedings was in possession of an African Union letter declaring the election process illegal.

Delegates resumed another session on Tuesday afternoon a day after the African National Congress’s Pemmy Majodina was kicked by fellow member Djibril War from Senegal during a heated argument and physical violence between members over the election of a new president.

There’s been an ongoing dispute since last week over the rotation of the presidency of the continental groupings. It’s understood the process is favoured by French speaking members of Parliament versus direct elections, which English MPs are advocating for.

Since the inception of PAP in 2004, presidential positions were always held by countries in West and Central Africa, while Namibia and Zimbabwe had an opportunity to hold deputy president positions.

But now, the countries of the Southern Africa community are united in their call for a rotational system, to avoid being dominated by Western and Central African countries.

Some politicians and professors have voiced their opinions.

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