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FNLA applauds government reform

The leader of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) considered the government reform to be "a good measure", aimed at reducing the number of ministries, despite the fact that the system is "the same".


Lucas Ngonda stressed that "the government was fat," as in the past, when the former President of the Republic José Eduardo dos Santos "accommodated the people and created structures within the system, with multiplicity of secretaries of state and ministries.

The President, João Lourenço, released on Monday the list of new members of the executive, which shrank from 28 to 21 ministries, highlighting the departure of Manuel Augusto, from Foreign Affairs, replaced by his secretary of State, Tete António.

"Not all these ministries were necessary, especially in a country with economic difficulties. If President João Lourenço is doing this to adjust and reduce spending, given the situation we are experiencing, I think it is a good measure", said the president of FNLA.

According to Lucas Ngonda, since taking office as head of state, the President has been trying to consolidate his system of governance, pointing out that the resignations he is making "today and tomorrow, are from someone who is trying to find the team that suits him to run the country".

"He must have the sense of the right man for the right place, possibly, which is difficult in politics. In governance it's difficult because he's part of the apparatus. I think these procedures are normal," he said.

For Lucas Ngonda, "the unprecedented crisis" that Angola is facing "is perhaps also his reason for doing so", in order to "find the right man in the right place.

On whether these changes can bring any positive result in the governance of the country, the politician thinks not, because "the system is the same".

"We can't have any illusions, the system in which the President has evolved is a system that created him. I don't see any change: the system is the same, the functioning, the apparatus, the men, the programs are the same, so there can hardly be changes," he said.

The long list of resignations issued by the Civil House of João Lourenço includes 17 ministers and 24 secretaries of state, as well as the Secretary of the President of the Republic for Political, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs and the Director of the Office of Psychological Action and Information of the Security House of the President of the Republic.


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