The Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) on Tuesday, July 6, elected Margareta Sederfelt, a Swedish parliamentarian, who previously served as vice-president, as president of the organization. This is reported on website PA OSCE.
The results were announced after several days of debate and presentation at the final plenary session of the OSCE PA, which was held remotely.
Pia Kauma (Finland), Daniela de Ridder (Germany), Askar Shakirov (Kazakhstan), Reinhold Lopatka (Austria) and Irene Charalambides (Cyprus) became the new vice-presidents.
Also at the meeting they heard a speech by Swedish Foreign Minister Ann Linde. She congratulated Sederfelt on her election to the post and expressed hope for close cooperation with her throughout the Swedish presidency.
Sederfelt also called the problem of climate change one of the main priorities in her work. The new head of the OSCE PA also expressed hope that “the world will become stronger after the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Earlier that day, it became known that the Russian delegation left the meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in protest over the inclusion in the agenda of resolutions assessing the actions of Russia and Belarus.
The vice-speaker of the State Duma and the head of the Russian delegation to the OSCE PA Petr Tolstoy, speaking of such actions, noted that Russia will refuse to work on any international platform of those organizations where rudeness continues to sound against the country.
It was clarified that two resolutions were included in the work plan of the meeting. One of them, supported by 126 members of the assembly, concerned an assessment of Russia’s actions towards Ukraine. Another resolution concerned the actions of the Belarusian authorities in relation to the opposition. It was supported by 122 members. In total, the assembly includes 323 parliamentarians.
As Tolstoy noted, the assembly violated its own rule that decisions are made by two-thirds of the votes of the members of the assembly, and not by two-thirds of the deputies participating in the meeting.