CEMAC Parliament: Hon. Hilarion Etong Elected President

Cameroon’s Senior Deputy Speaker was elected during the extraordinary session of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC) Parliament in Malabo on May 3, 2019.

Hon. Hilarion Etong, the Senior Deputy Speaker of Cameroon’s National Assembly is since Friday, May 3, 2019, the new President of the Parliament of the Central African Economic and Monetary Community (CEMAC). He will remain President of the Parliament as long as President Paul Biya of Cameroon continues to be the Chairperson of the Conference of the Heads of State of CEMAC following his election during the CEMAC 14th session in N’Djamena, Chad on March 24, 2019. Indeed, the main point on the agenda of the CEMAC Parliament extraordinary session was the election of the President who in accordance with the Convention governing the parliament, had to come from the Cameroonian delegation. The outgoing President Mahamat Ali Kosso of Chad chaired the opening of the session.

This was followed by the putting in place of the provisional bureau headed by the eldest member of the House, Equatorial Guinea’s MP, Nsobeya Efuman Nchama Santiago assisted by the First Secretary, Essono Obiang Jose-Antonio still from Equatorial Guinea and the Second Secretary, Hon. Fadil Aliyoum from Cameroon. Then came the decisive moment when the Cameroonian delegation was called up to present the candidate. Hon. Joseph Mbah Ndam did not only call the name of Hon. Hilarion Etong but more importantly presented his succinct rich CV that highly qualified him to occupy the post of the CEMAC Parliament President. After this all the MPs present unanimously acclaimed Hon. Hilarion Etong, after which Hon. Mahamat Ali Kosso immediately handed power to Hon. Etong.

The new President then took his place at the rostrum and continued chairing the session. Message of New President What Members of the CEMAC Parliament went home with is the exhortation of Hon. Etong in his closing speech. He told them to always have in mind the spirit, revisit the principles of parliamentary governance which they share and to revert each time to parliamentary orthodoxy where each organ is playing its role to avoid useless conflicts of competence.

He insisted that such conflicts are counterproductive. The new President called on the MPs to have in mind the missions assigned the institution. The 68-year-old Hon. Hilarion Etong has been the Vice President of the CEMAC Parliament since 2012. He is the first Cameroonian to hold the post and has a rich experience as MP considering that he is parliamentarian in Cameroon since 1992 and holds the position of Senior Vice Speaker of the House since 2002.

He has equally held key positions in the Francophonie Parliamentary Assembly. The holder of the Doctorate degree in Public Law from the University of Bordeaux I, France has been university lecturer, as well as lecturer at the National School of Administration and Magistracy (ENAM) in Yaounde. He is a writer and has several national and international honorific distinctions.

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