Fortune Charumbira elected President of the Pan-African Parliament



Zimbabwe MP Fortune Charumbira wins one-horse race and becomes president Pan African Parliament (PAP).

Charumbira was elected on Wednesday 29 June with 161 votes out of 203 votes cast, with 31 abstentions and 11 spoiled ballots.

This week, the African legislature of the African Union held a regular session of the Fifth Parliament in Midrand.

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Elections to the Pan-African Parliament

The election comes after a deadlock in which the African Union’s legislative branch was unable to elect its leaders due to differences in the way elections were conducted last year.

The deadlock was resolved by an Executive Board decision in October 2021, which confirmed the adoption of the principle of rotation in the election of the institution’s leadership.

Speaking after his victory, Charumbira promised to unite and develop the PAP.

“I want us to come together; we need to immediately fight and break down the divisions caused by these foreign languages ​​in Africa, imposed on us by the outer continents and led to us identifying each other as English, Francophone and Portuguese speakers.”

Charumbira says he is the president of all, no matter how the delegates voted.

“The time has come to move our African people forward and end unnecessary conflicts.

“Together we can achieve more, we can only develop our continent when we unite and it is very important for our people to see and experience them in their lives.”

Who is Charumbira

Charumbira is the traditional leader of Zimbabwe and the current president of the Council of Chiefs.

In 2013, he was retained as President of the Council of Chiefs in an election held by the Electoral Commission of Zimbabwe in Harare.

In 2000, he served as Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works.

Charumbira holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Law and Labor Law.

He is a specialist in institutional change and performance improvement.

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