The Deputy Speaker of the Cameroon National Assembly took the CPA general assembly Spellbound following a brilliant victory that propelled her to the most prestigious post of the association.
Hon. Lifaka was elected during the 63rd general assembly meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Dhaka, Bangladesh on the 7 November 2017.
She made double history by becoming the first ever Cameroonian and African woman, to have been voted at the helm of the CPA international Executive Committee.
She secured a landslide victory scoring 107 votes against 70 votes for her runners-up the Right Hon. Niki Rattlen, speaker of the cooks Island and 15 votes for Right Honourable Shirley Osborne, speaker of Montserrat.
The Cameroonian Lawmaker took the general assembly spellbound due to the score margin she obtained, which is the first of its kind in elections relating to this position.
She takes over from Hon. Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chaudury, MP and speaker of the parliament of Bangladesh. The rise of Hon. Lifaka to this prestigious position is not a surprise to many political actors across the spectrum.
She was the general coordinator of the very successful 60th CPA general assembly meeting that was held in Yaounde- Cameroon in 2014. The opening ceremony of this landmark event was personally chaired by the Head of State H.E. President Paul Biya.
For over 10 years now, Hon. Lifaka has been deeply involved in CPA activities. By virtue of this fact, she has been representing the Right Honourable Cavaye Yeguie Djibril, in speaker’s and presiding officers meetings both at the international and Regional levels.
Prior to her election as the new CPA chair, she held the position of Vice Chairperson of the association’s Executive Committee from 2016 -2017. She has also been Vice President of the association of African Female Ministers and Parliamentarians.