PAP pres­i­dent calls for unity

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THE pres­i­dent of the Pan African Par­lia­ment (PAP), Roger Nkodo Dang, who was re­cently re-elected to head the or­gan­i­sa­tion, has urged Africans to em­brace democ­racy and unite.

“I am hop­ing this is a les­son to my fel­low Africans across the con­ti­nent that demo­cratic pro­cesses must be em­braced and ap­pre­ci­ated,” said Dang, a Cameroo­nian.

Thurs­day’s elec­tions were held in Midrand at PAP’s sixth or­di­nary ses­sion fol­low­ing the ex­piry of the term of the 4th bu­reau led by Dang ,who has served for three years as per con­sti­tu­tional rules.

Dang re­tained his pres­i­den­tial seat with 133 votes, while Chief For­tune Charumbira from Zim­babwe got 47 votes and Mostafa El Gendy from Egypt, 44. The PAP pres­i­dent came into of­fice as an elected suc­ces­sor to Bethel Nnae­meka Amadi on May 27 in 2015.

“The par­lia­men­tar­i­ans from across the con­ti­nent present here to­day cast their votes freely and this is a sig­nal that we are on the cor­rect path to em­brac­ing the demo­cratic pro­cesses of run­ning our elec­tions. Let this not end here, but let it be a con­ti­nen­tal prac­tice and cul­ture,” said Dang.

“We need to work for­ward as a team. There are a lot of things we are still learn­ing and im­ple­ment­ing. If we are given sup­port by PAP par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, we will achieve them.

“We might not agree on var­i­ous things, but let us unite for a bet­ter con­ti­nent.”

A fresh elec­tion will be held for south­ern Africa to take the po­si­tion of 4th vice pres­i­dent. – African News Agency (ANA)

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