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National Assembly approves revision of the Constitution

The first ordinary partial revision of the Constitution of the Republic was approved, this Tuesday, by the National Assembly with 152 votes in favor. The final overall vote on the document took place during the ordinary plenary meeting of the National Assembly.

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The Proposal for Punctual Revision of the Constitution passed the sieve of the deputies with 152 votes in favor from the MPLA and some opposition deputies, 56 abstentions from UNITA and CASA-CE and no votes against.

After its unanimous approval in the speciality, in the hemicycle the MPLA agreed in favor of the document, with its absolute majority, followed by members of the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the Social Renewal Party (PRS).

The deputies from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), deputies from the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE) and some independents abstained.

According to deputy Virgílio Tchova, rapporteur of the parliament's Legal and Constitutional Affairs committee, the draft revision of the Constitution of the Republic of Angola (CRA) changed 44 articles, added seven new articles and also revoked some articles.

The MPLA deputy who presented Tuesday the report of the joint opinion on the specialty and the Draft Constitutional Revision Law signaled the change in some of the more than 40 articles, from the right and limits of private property to the guarantee of voting for Angolan citizens abroad.

The new constitutional text, which partially amends the CRA approved on February 5, 2010, guarantees that the National Bank of Angola (BNA) "is independent in the pursuit of its duties and in the exercise of public powers entrusted to it.

In this new configuration, the governor of the BNA will be appointed by the President "after a hearing in the specialized working committee of the National Assembly," and the President will decide on the appointment of the proposed candidate.

In the area of administration and voter registration, the draft revision of the CRA, approved today, states that the voter registration "is unofficial, mandatory and permanent" and is carried out by the competent organs of the direct administration of the State, "without prejudice to the possibility of participation of other organs of the public administration.

Voter registration will be updated in person, outside the country, "at the diplomatic and consular missions of the Republic of Angola, under the terms of the law.

The general elections, says the legal diploma now approved, will be held, "preferably, during the second fortnight of August" of the year in which the mandates of the President of the Republic and of the deputies end, being up to the President of the Republic to define the date.

In the area of the composition of the members of the Council of the Republic, the President must now appoint 15 members, as opposed to the current 11 members of the current CRA, "for the period corresponding to the duration of their mandate, without prejudice to the possibility of substitution at any time."

Among the provisions for the parliament, it is up to this body in the area of control and supervision, says the draft revision of the CRA, to carry out in the specialized committees, interpellations to the ministers of state, ministers and provincial governors.

These interpellations should only be made "upon prior request to the President of the Republic and the request should include the content of the diligence.

Approving the creation of "occasional commissions to conduct parliamentary inquiries into concrete facts and situations arising from public administration activity, communicating the respective findings and conclusions to the President of the Republic," will also be the parliament's responsibility.

In relation to the judiciary, the legal instrument determines that judges of any jurisdiction shall retire on reaching the age of 70 and that the courts are sovereign bodies with "competence to administer justice on behalf of the people".

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