Ugandan legislator elected President of global youth body

Arua Member of Parliament, Hon. Morine Osoru, has been elected President of the Forum of Young Parliamentarians of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU).

Osoru was elected on Sunday, after beating competition from Russia and Zambia.

The legislator is part of the Ugandan delegation that is attending the 136th IPU Meeting in Dhaka, Bangladesh from 1-5 April 2017.

Osoru sees her ascension to the presidency of the youth body as an opportunity to amplify youth issues worldwide.

"I am going to use my position as President to tackle youth challenges such as unemployment and poverty which sometimes predispose young people to being radicalized into terrorism as we have seen in some parts of the world," Osoru said.

The Rt. Hon. Speaker of Parliament received the news of the election of Osuro with delight.

"I am very excited for Hon. Osoru because it was only yesterday at the African Geopolitical Group meeting that I presented her name to contest for that position," Kadaga said.

"I congratulate her and the youth of Uganda, the people of Arua and the NRM government for making it possible for her to be here."

As the President of the youth forum, Osuro is tasked with ensuring that youth voices are heard in the global political and decision making fora and that they actively participate in matters that affect them.

In her capacity as President, Osoru will steer a board composed of 12 persons from each of the six geo-political groups. The President of the youth forum is elected every two years.

Source: Parliament of Uganda

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