Morocco's lower house approves constituent act of African Un

RABAT, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The Moroccan House of Representatives, the lower house, unanimously approved here on Wednesday the constitutive act of the African Union (AU).

The house also adopted the additional protocol and the bill on the approval of the act to allow the Moroccan government to go on with its bid to rejoin the AU as of its 28th summit scheduled on Jan. 22-31 at its headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The House of Advisors, the upper house, announced Wednesday that it will hold on Thursday a plenary session to vote on the same texts to become laws before the end of the week.

The council of ministers, which is chaired by the king, approved the draft texts on Jan. 10.

Morocco left the organization of African Unity, which later became the AU, in 1984 after the group recognized Western Sahara's independence.

The North African country made an official request in last September to join the AU.

In recent weeks, the Moroccan king has toured several African countries seeking support for the bid.