Former Rwanda Prosecutor-General Martin Ngoga is the new Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).
Ngoga was elected on Tuesday with 33 votes out of 36 votes, beating Burundi’s Leontine Nzeyimana and Tanzania’s Adam Kisimba.
The election was held at the East African Community (EAC) headquarters in Arusha.
He is the first Rwandan to head EALA, thanks to an overwhelming support from Rwanda, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda MPs.
Each of the six partner states is represented by nine members in the Assembly.
The election had been scheduled for Monday, but was postponed after Burundian and Tanzanian MPs boycotted the exercise.
The current EAC Secretary-General is Burundian, while Tanzania has already held the rotating position of EALA speaker.
Ngonga assumed his new role and immediately officiated a session.