Zimbabwe's Chief Fortune Charumbira elected President of Pan African Parliament
The African legislative arm of the African Union is holding an ordinary session at its South Africa base this week.
Charumbira, also President of Zimbabwe's Chief's Council, had faced stiff challenges from South Sudan MP Albino Aboug and Malawi's Yeremiah Chihana.
His victory was confirmed by the continental legislative body on Twitter.
The new elected President, Hon. Fortune Charumbira has taken his seat as the President of the 6th #PanAfricanParliament . The President is now chairing elections of Vice Presidents to complete the bureau. #PanAfricanParliament pic.twitter.com/GbQXD5Qa8U— PanAfricanParliament (@AfrikParliament) June 29, 2022
The vote came after a botched attempt to elect a new leadership last year when the house descended into chaos for four days.
At the time, delegates could not firmly agree on a leadership system for its bureau.
The bone of contention was whether leaders should be elected or chosen on a rotational basis.
The disagreements neared a point of physical altercation