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ACP-EU MPs back ongoing democratic power-shifts in Africa and the Middle East

European Parliament 18 May 2011: MEPs and their counterparts from Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific called for impartial justice to underpin reconciliation in the Côte d'Ivoire, and backed the right of citizens to demand political change wherever power is withheld from the people, at the 21st ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly, in Budapest on 16-18 May. They also debated democracy-building, human rights, including homosexuals’ rights, and how best to ensure the accountability of political leaders.