Published: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
 
PAP pays tribute to President Idriss Deby Itno
 
 
The Pan-African Parliament is deeply saddened about the passing of President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad. The Parliament expresses deepest condolences to the President’s family as well as to the people and government of Chad.
 
We pay tribute to his efforts for regional security, in particular in the fight against terrorism. President Deby Into was a fervent and fearless Pan-Africanist who championed Africa’s integration.
 
The continental Parliament recalls that in his address during the Opening of the Seventh Ordinary Session of the PAP in May 2012, President Deby called for the transformation of the PAP into a legislative body. “A parliament such as the PAP will remain toothless as long as it does not have legislative powers”, he said.
Chad is one of the African Union (AU) member states that have ratified the Protocol to the constitutive act of the AU relating to the PAP, also known as the Malabo Protocol. The Malabo Protocol is intended to extend the powers of the PAP into a fully-fledged legislative organ. It requires a minimum of 28 countries to ratify it before it comes into force.
 
The Bureau, Parliamentarians and the Secretariat of the PAP join Chadians in mourning the loss of a historical figure. His contribution to a stronger and united Africa will be missed.
May his soul rest in eternal peace