n Institute for Security Studies Monographs - The proposed SADC Parliament : old wine in new bottles or an ideal whose time has come?

Volume 2011, Issue 181
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The communiqué of the 1997 SADC summit meeting at which the establishment of the SADC PF was formally approved notes '... the main objective of the SADC PF is to constitute a parliamentary consultative assembly ... to establish a regional parliamentary framework for dialogue on issues of regional interest and concern'. This study explores whether in approving the establishment of the SADC PF as a consultative assembly, the Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government (Summit) consciously envisaged the establishment, in the long term, of a regional parliament with lawmaking powers.

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