At their meeting in South Africa, the continental parliamentary body, the African Parliament has overwhelmingly voted Hon. Alhaji Malik Alhassan as the organisation's Vice President responsible for West Africa.
The African Parliament has four Vice Presidents each of whom is responsible for North, Southern, West and East Africa.
Hon. Malik, who is a lawyer and the Member of Parliament for Yendi constituency, is currently still away from home.
He and his colleagues in the continental body have moved to the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa for further deliberations.
The Pan-African Parliament was established in March 2004 by Article 17 of The Constitutive Act of the African Union, as one of the nine organs provided for in the Treaty establishing the African Economic Community signed in Abuja, Nigeria in 1991.
The seat of the parliament is in Midrand, South Africa.
The Parliament represents all peoples of Africa with the ultimate aim of evolving into an institution with full legislative powers, whose members are elected by universal adult suffrage.
By A.R. Gomda