Lawmakers in Zambia on Friday chose prominent lawyer Nelly Mutti as the country’s first woman Speaker of the National Assembly.
Cecilia Mbewe, the clerk of the National Assembly, declared Mutti as the Speaker after the nomination went through unopposed.
Mutti was duly elected during the first session of the 13th National Assembly following the general elections held on Aug. 12.
According to the country’s constitution, a speaker is nominated from outside the National Assembly by either the president or political parties with representation in parliament but must be subjected through an election if there is more than one nomination.
Speaking after she was ushered into the chamber, Mutti said it was a tremendous challenge and honor to be entrusted with the responsibility to guard the rights and privileges of lawmakers.
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Mutti once served as president of the Law Association of Zambia, an association representing lawyers, chairperson of the country’s anti-corruption commission, as well as a commissioner in a Constitutional Review Commission appointed by late President Levy Mwanawasa.
The parliament has also elected Attracta Chisangano as the first deputy speaker and Frank Moyo as the second deputy speaker.