MPS exchange blows at African parliament

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There were chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament sitting in Midrand yesterday. Delegates physically fought with each other over the rotation of the Presidency. ANC MP Pemmy Majodina says she’ll be seeking legal action after claiming to have been kicked by Senegal’s representative

 There were chaotic scenes at the Pan-African Parliament sitting in Midrand on Monday.

Delegates physically fought with each other over the rotation of the Presidency.

ANC MP Pemmy Majodina says she’ll be seeking legal action after claiming to have been kicked by Senegal’s representative.

The chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, condemned the violence that erupted during the meeting.

“The shocking scenes of violence at the Pan-African Parliament today [Monday] tarnish the image of this honourable institution,” he wrote on Twitter.

“I appeal to all parliamentarians to recover their composure and comply with the rules and procedures of the institution.”

Cameroonian Roger Nkodo Dang served two three-year terms as the president since 2015.

He was preceded by Nigeria’s Bethel Amadi, and before that Moussa Idriss of Cameroon.

The parliament sits for three weeks twice a year at its headquarters in Midrand.

Formed in 2004, the assembly is the legislative branch of the African Union, but in reality, it is merely a consultative body.

Its members are elected through their national legislatures


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