Abidjan- Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) -- The Ivorian parliament late Monday evening adopted a bill authorising President Laurent Gbagbo to ratify the Constitutive Act of the African Union.
Before its adoption, heated debates occurred in the House as opposition MPs complained that they had received the draft bill a day before instead of two days in advance.
The Act was adopted amid great confusion while most MPs of the opposition Cote d'Ivoire Democratic Party decided to walk out.
The parliamentary group of the ruling Ivorian Popular Front, led by the president's wife, Mrs Simone Gbagbo, said it was urgent "for Cote d'Ivoire to get out of its isolation" by adopting the constitutive act.
President Laurent Gbagbo left Abidjan for Sirte, Libya on Tuesday to attend the extraordinary OAU summit scheduled to open on Thursday.