Tanzanian Speaker Ackson, Emerges IPU Chairperson

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Tulia Ackson has been elected Chairperson of the African Geopolitical Group of Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

The election took place in the Rwandan capital, Kigali during the 145th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The assembly of the IPU and its related meetings opened Tuesday and will come to a close on Saturday.

During the meeting, the general debate focused on the theme of Gender equality and gender-sensitive parliaments as drivers of change for a more resilient and peaceful world -and provide a platform for delegates to deliberate, exchange views, and galvanize parliamentary action in this area.

This was contained in a Press Release issued by the Parliament Communication and International Relations Unit.

It states, “Dr Tulia will serve for a period of a year.

“By winning the position, Speaker Tulia will also be a member of the IPU Executive Committee and the Executive Committee member of geographical groups.

“This is among the highest positions represented in the Inter-Parliamentary Union in accordance with the governing principles of the African Geopolitical Group.”

After being elected, various speakers from different African Parliaments lauded Dr Tulia for holding the position, while pledging to cooperate with the newly elected chairperson.

In a related development, Dr Tulia committed to developing Africa’s Mission and vision at the World level and to ensuring the equality and responsibility of African Parliaments are achieved with high efficiency.

The African Group consists of 51 member states including Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Burundi, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The assembly will adopt resolutions on the emergency item and on the subject item taken up by the Standing Committee on Democracy and Human Rights entitled Parliamentary impetus to the local and regional development of countries with high levels of international migration and to stopping all forms, including state-sponsored, of human-trafficking and human rights abuses.

The Governing Council will examine and adopt a number of decisions, including on cases of violation of the human rights of parliamentarians. The Assembly is expected to conclude by adopting an outcome document on the overall theme of the General Debate.

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