African Union Act Before Senate Tuesday

Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- Gabon's Senate will Tuesday consider a bill on the pending ratification of the African Union's constitutive act, the Gabonese Press Agency (AGP) reported Monday.
Quoting parliamentary sources, the agency said the bill was unanimously adopted on 4 May by 64 members who were present in the 120-seat National Assembly.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Co-operation and francophonie will present the bill to the Senate.
The African Union project, initiated by Libyan leader Mouammar Kadhafi, aims at accelerating the political and socio- economic integration of the continent, in full respect of democratic values, human rights and good governance and taking into account the sovereignty of member states.
Gabon is expected to ratify the constitutive act after its adoption by the Senate.
The Act has already obtained the required 36 ratifications and it will enter into force on 26 May.
Nigeria submitted the 36th instrument of ratification to the OAU General Secretariat in Addis Ababa on 26 April.

14 may 2001 17:24:00

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