NATO lawmakers' assembly elects German as new head

16th November 2010, Comments 0 comments

German Karl Lamers was elected Tuesday as the new head of NATO's parliamentary assembly, which groups lawmakers from the alliance's 28 member states.

Lamers, a lawmaker from Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union, was elected unanimously at a session of the assembly in the Polish capital Warsaw.

He replaces John Tanner, a US Democratic member of Congress whose term has ended after two years at the helm.

The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's assembly, which gathers around 260 lawmakers sent by their home countries' parliaments, meets twice a year to debate security policy and international affairs.

It was set up in 1955, six years after the birth of NATO.

Rather than a watchdog and policy-maker, it is a conduit between member states' lawmakers and the alliance's leadership.

© 2010 AFP

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