LISTEN | What next for Pan-African Parliament?

03 June 2021 - 10:27 By Paige Muller
Chaos breaks out during leadership elections at the Pan-African Parliament.
Chaos breaks out during leadership elections at the Pan-African Parliament.
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The fourth ordinary session of the fifth Pan-African Parliament (PAP) was suspended on Wednesday, with no resumption date in sight.

This follows chaotic scenes during a debate on the legislature's election process, which led to the collapse of its session in Midrand this week.

Scenes included violent threats being exchanged between parliamentary dignitaries.

At the heart of the divisions was the strong push by Sadc countries for the implementation of a rotational principle in the election of the PAP president, which was meant to be elected during the sitting.

Head of media and communications for the parliament Jeffrey Onganga explains what the sitting had hoped to achieve, what caused the division and what next steps would be implemented by the organisation.

Here is what he had to say: 

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While the chaotic scenes at the parliament this week have been widely criticised as a display of disunity on the continent, Onganga says that such displays are not uncommon in parliaments around the world.

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