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Ethuro appointed President of regional parliaments

27 January 2015, 08:26 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Senate Speaker, Ekwe Ethuro has been appointed to a rotational one-year term Presidency of parliaments of the 12 African Great Lakes Region countries.

Ethuro, who was appointed through consensus by the Forum of Parliaments of Member States of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (FP-ICGLR), took the Presidency mantle in Nairobi from the outgoing Burundian, Pie Ntavyohanyuma.

His appointment to lead the 12 assemblies, particularly on economic, social and political development comes at a time when the region is faced with a myriad of challenges ranging from insecurity and youth unemployment.

Ethuro acknowledged his appointment urging member States to support him in discharging the assigned duties and said the position is great honor for Kenya’s parliament and the entire nation’s leadership.

“I am greatly humbled by the honour of being elected the President of the PF-ICGLR at this Fifth Ordinary Session of the Plenary Assembly of the Forum of Parliaments of member states of the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region (PF-ICGR),” said Ethuro.

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The Great Lakes Region President during his annual tenure is responsible for the management of the Forum and both the political and diplomatic representative of the Forum.

Ntavyohanyuma congratulated and expressed his confidence in Ethuro to steer the Forum’s goals for the betterment of the region.

During the Plenary Assembly conference, the delegates strongly condemned acts of terrorism in the region particularly those working with Al-Shabaab to commit the heinous murder crimes Kenya.

FP-ICGLR is an inter-parliamentary organization bringing together now 12 African Parliaments in the Great Lakes Region consisting of Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

FP-ICGLR is committed to bringing a significant parliamentary contribution to the implementation of the Pact on Stability, Security and Development in the Great Lakes region that was adopted by Member States in 2006 in Nairobi, Kenya.

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