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Top Ivorian Officials Commit to Enhancement of Powers of the Parliament

May 11, 2016

Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, H.E. Moustapha Cisse Lo has gotten the commitment of very high officials of the government of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire on the need for the enhancement of the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament. The head of the sub-regional Parliament who was on a 5-day working visit to the National Assembly of the Republic met officially with the Speaker, H. E Guillaume Soro Kigbafori, prior to addressing the Plenary of the National Parliament, where Speaker Kigbafori assured of the government’s commitment toward backing the strengthening of Community institutions to be able to attain the ECOWAS Vision 2020.

Likewise, in the course of Speaker Lo’s visit, his meeting with the Minister of African Integration and Ivorians Abroad, Mr. Ally Coulibaly as well as that with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Abdullah Albert Toikeusse, yielded similar results as both officials readily expressed their government’s support for the quest for an increase in West African people's participation in the regional integration process by the strengthening of the powers of the Community Parliament.

The 4th Legislature headed by H.E Moustapha Cisse Lo, shortly after its inauguration, has recommitted to the campaign to get the buy-in of all stakeholders within the sub-region, in the bid to enhance the powers of the ECOWAS Parliament with a view to performing its traditionally legislative functions.

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