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PAP Extraordinary session set for Midrand, South Africa

PAP extraordinary session set for Midrand, South Africa

Story by Ian Zvoma, News Editor

THE Pan-African Parliament has reconvened for an extraordinary session of the 6th Parliament in Midrand, South Africa where vacant positions in the PAP Bureau will be filled.

Zimbabwe’s Chief Fortune Charumbira is tipped to be retained as the PAP President in a poll set for Monday next week.

In a virtual media briefing this Thursday, PAP Acting President, Honourable Lucia Dos Passos disclosed that the elections will go ahead as planned after a court application to stop the polls was dismissed.

She added that the institution is still observing the principle of rotation with the Presidency set to be held by Southern Africa until 2025.

The elections are set to put an end to a dark chapter at the PAP where second Vice President, Dr Ashebir Gayo of Ethiopia had seized power in the absence of incumbent President Chief Charumbira during Zimbabwe’s general elections held in August last year.

Chief Charumbira, who enjoys massive support at PAP after spearheading the rejuvenation of the institution before Dr. Gayo’s failed coup, is widely expected to be re-elected as the institution’s President in the polls set for Monday next week.

Chief Charumbira is among the five legislators representing Zimbabwe at the PAP.

The PAP was set up to ensure the full participation of African people in the economic development and integration of the continent through members of parliament who are designated by legislatures of member states.

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