Pan-African Parliament to Resume Parliamentary Activities Next Week

ADDIS ABABA – The Pan-African Parliament (PAP), the legislative arm of the African Union (AU), is scheduled to hold a five-day ordinary session, beginning on Monday, June 27, 2022.

The main agenda of the upcoming Session, set to be held at its headquarters in South Africa’s Midrand, is the election of the new Bureau of the PAP, slated for 29 June, according to the AU. 

The leadership of other structures of Parliament, including Permanent Committees and regional and thematic caucuses, will also be renewed during the Session.

Senegal’s President  Macky Sall, who is also a Chairperson of the African Union, and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat, are expected to attend the election of the PAP Bureau Members. 

AU says the electoral process will be conducted and managed by the Office of the Legal Counsel of the Union. 

At the same time, the PAP Permanent Committees are expected to finalize and adopt work-plans in line with the AU theme for 2022, the Year of Nutrition.

The resumption of parliamentary activities follows the decision of the African Union Executive Council in February 2022, and subsequent policy decisions and consultations.

These decisions resolved the impasse that transpired among Parliamentarians during the proceedings of the Plenary on 31 May and 01 June 2021, as the PAP was looking to elect the President and Vice-Presidents of its Bureau, according to the AU.

Several Parliamentarians from different countries will be sworn in as members of the PAP following elections in a number of the African States and rotation within delegations.