SA Parliament welcomes decision on AU Parliament

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Parliament on Thursday welcomed the decision by the African Union (AU) to make it the permanent seat of the Pan African Parliament.
The Parliament was awarded to South Africa after Egypt, the only other country that had offered to host the body, withdrew its bid.
The withdrawal of Egypt was tabled at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, where the inaugural and first sessions of the parliament were held in March this year.
"The South African Parliament pledges its commitment to make a contribution to the Pan African Parliament informed by our country's perspectives coming out of our own experience and lessons," said the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete.
"We shall work hard to make the institution serve its purposes as a true African parliament.
" She said it was a major political challenge for Parliament and the government.
"It comes at a time when we celebrate 10 years of our freedom.
This year has been further enriched by winning the 2010 bid, and now the bid to host the continental legislative body.
We look forward to the Parliament playing a meaningful role in the development of true democracy in Africa," she added.

08 july 2004 08:58:00




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