It is a more frequent image: that of parliamentarians who come to blows in an assembly. On Tuesday, it was in the precincts of the Pan-African Parliament, a confidential institution of the African Union, that such a scene took place. The International mail is echoed by News 24 which reports that it is a story of voting system for the election of the president or the president of the assembly which set fire to the powders.
Elected officials from southern Africa wanted a rotating presidency of the institution, to allow each major region of the continent to accede to the presidency. The more numerous Central and East African countries do not want to hear about it because the current voting system is to their advantage.
Not a first
Without a rule change, the Southern African MPs’ leaders announced that the vote would not take place, and that’s what went wrong. News 24 also produces the images of this moment which of course caused the suspension of the session. The local media notes that this “fight” should not do good to the credibility of an institution which lacks it.
It must be said that no later than last week, other violent events took place in this parliament which sits near Johannesburg in South Africa: a Senegalese deputy notably kicked a South African deputy, among others.