Saturday, November 15, 2003

Pan-African parliament

Yesterday, Senegal became the 24th country to ratify a protocol with a really long name ... creating a pan-African Parliament which will come into being in 30 days.
Modelled on the European Union parliament, the AU assembly would have consultative and advisory powers only in its first five years. It was not immediately clear how many seats it would have, or whether it would be more powerful than national governments.
The African Union has 53 member states.