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EALA wants a stronger and more effective Pan-African Parliament

January 26, 2016

The Pan-African Parliament. Photo: AWEPA Archive

The Pan-African Parliament. Photo: AWEPA Archive

Kigali, Rwanda – The East African Legislative Assembly is rooting for an effective continental Assembly and one with legislative powers. In December, EALA passed a Resolution urging the East African Community Partner States to sign, ratify and deposit the required instruments of the amended Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union, in order to enable the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) to achieve one of its important pillars of legislation.

AWEPA warmly welcomes this initiative. Strengthening interaction and ties between the PAP and the Regional Parliamentary Bodies has been a key area of intervention of the AWEPA’s Millennium Development Goals Programme over the last five years.

The Resolution notes that the powers exercised by PAP to the African Union have been limited to oversight, advisory and consultative functions, despite the Parliament being the organ that represents all peoples of Africa and the interests of Africans in the diaspora.

While EALA has legislative, oversight and representative powers, PAP is a still just a deliberative body with consultative and advisory powers.

Currently, only six countries have signed the Protocol with only the Republic of Mali ratifying and depositing the instrument. PAP has set as its target for 2016 to achieve all of the required 28 ratifications.