n African Security Review - Utility or futility? : the 3rd Pan-African parliament session - : commentary

Volume 14, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1024-6029
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Extracted from text ... COMMENTARY THE 3rd PAN-AFRICAN PARLIAMENT SESSION Utility or futility? Amid the ceremony and fanfare that characterised the launch of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in March 2003, there were critical voices that cautioned Africans not to expect miracles. The questions relate to the difference the continental assembly would make in promoting democracy and human rights, given its self-proclaimed role in this regard. To what extent might the parliament manage to twist the arms of heads of state to deal with a range of challenges facing the continent? Of what practical value would the parliament be to ordinary Africans tired of wars ..

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