PACE: Issue of Pedro Agramunt’s resignation postpones until fall session

The issue of PACE President Pedro Agramunt’s resignation will not be considered during the Assembly’s summer session that kicked off in Strasbourg today.

The issue has been postponed until the fall session, which means Agramunt will actually chair the Parliamentary Assembly until the end of his term, Aghavni Harutyunyan reports from Strasbourg.

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe holds elections of a new president every January.

Members of the Assembly who used to criticize Pedro Agramunt for his visit to Syria earlier this year seem not that harsh in their statements during the current session.

Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) was banned from chairing the Assembly sitting as His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain was addressing the sitting on April 27.

PACE summer session is expected to consider a report on corruption in Council of Europe member states. The draft report by Italian lawmaker Michele Nicoletti on political corruption analyses the main reasons of corruption and means of combating it. The draft is set to be considered Tuesday.

On April 25, PACE established a group to investigate corruption charges against PACE members after in late March Jan Egeland, the humanitarian adviser to UN special envoy for Syria, called on PACE to launch an independent inquiry into corruption allegations against some PACE lawmakers as soon as possible.

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