Chaos in Pan-African Parliament over presidential election

The recent session of the Pan-African parliamentary meeting held in Johannesburg-South Africa was met with some misunderstanding.

According to information from series of reports on the issue, the brawl occurred as a result of a disagreement over the selection process of the body’s current president.

Since its formation in 2004, the Pan-African Parliament has so far had two presidents from West Africa. Due to this, Lawmakers from southern African countries strongly opposed the possibility of choosing another west African President whilst west African lawmakers also kicked against the rotational process.

This resulted in some scuffles among the lawmakers. Some were seen visibly dragging ballot boxes in a bid to distort the electoral process whilst other lawmakers try to restore calm. This disappointing situation was condemned by Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

“The shocking scenes of violence at the #PanAfricanParliament today tarnish the image of this honourable institution. I appeal to all parliamentarians to recover their composure and comply with the rules and procedures of the institution.” He wrote on twitter.

The Pan-African Parliament holds its meetings for three weeks twice every year at the body’s headquarters in Midrand, South African.

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