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Government guarantees that constitutional revision "better structures" relations with deputies

The Government considered this Tuesday the global approval of the constitutional revision law as an "important moment in the life of the country's democracy", guaranteeing that it will "better structure" the relationship between parliament and the executive.

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"With this revision of the constitution, we are going to have a better structure and better balance in the relationship between the parliament and the executive, to the extent that the mechanisms of political supervision of the parliament over the executive are clarified," said Adão de Almeida, Minister of State and head of the President's Civil House.

Speaking at the end of the plenary meeting that approved the constitutional revision bill, an initiative of President João Lourenço, the minister pointed out that the diploma also opens space for the universalization of the right to vote for Angolans abroad.

For Adão de Almeida, the current revision of the Constitution of the Republic of Angola (CRA) "also clarifies the institutional role, in the sense of reform, of important institutions" such as the case of the BNA (National Bank of Angola).

"We have clarified some powers of the President of the Republic, particularly the prohibition of the practice of certain types of acts in the final phase of his mandate, from the moment the electoral campaign begins," he stressed.

The parliament approved the constitutional revision bill as a whole with 152 votes in favor from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and some opposition deputies, no votes against and 56 abstentions from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE).

After its unanimous approval in the speciality, in the hemicycle the MPLA (in power since 1975) favored the document with its absolute majority followed by members of the opposition National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) and the Social Renewal Party (PRS).

UNITA deputies, CASA-CE deputies and some independents abstained.

This revision project of the CRA amended 44 articles, added seven new articles and also revoked some articles.

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

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

The absence of votes against the revision of the Constitution was also pointed out by Adão de Almeida, for whom the abstention of the parliamentary opposition "means that in the balance there are good things and eventually things with which one does not agree.

"But, they were not at the level of voting against," concluded the minister.

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