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Sao Tome and Principe to join Pan-African Parliament

A delegation from the Pan-African Parliament is in the country to discuss the integration of Sao Tome and Principe into the Pan-African Parliament.

The news was released today in Sao Tome by the President of the Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang, who is on a five-day visit to Sao Tome and Principe.

Following an audience with the Speaker of the National Assembly, José Diogo, Dang said that Sao Tome and Principe as one of the active members of the African Union should not remain outside the Pan-African Parliament.

The President of the Pan-African Parliament also added that the country will be represented with three members of the ADI (party in government) and two of the MLSTP (main opposition party).

The integration of Sao Tome and Principe should happen next month at the time of a regular session of the Pan-African Parliament, which is based in Midrand, South Africa.

It is recalled that the Pan-African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union and has as its function to verify the functioning of the other parliaments of the continent, to advise them and to answer questions that are asked to them.

So far the Pan-African Parliament has exercised advisory and oversight functions. Parliament has made several visits to Member States to sensitize national authorities to ratify the Malabo protocol, which proposes that the Pan-African Parliament should become a truly legislative body. Of the 54 member states, only 15 countries have ratified the Malabo Protocol, with at least 25 remaining.

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