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Parliament generally approves law on independent administrative entities

The parliament approved this Thursday, in general, the draft law on the General Regime of Independent Administrative Entities, which must act with "organic, functional and technical autonomy and without direction, superintendence and administrative supervision of the executive power".

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The legal diploma was approved with 134 votes in favour, no vote against and 53 abstentions during the 11th ordinary plenary meeting of the fourth legislative session of the fourth legislature of the National Assembly.

The proposed law, approved herein, according to its preamble, arises from the need to establish, within the scope of the State reform, "a regime or framework of reference for the independent administration, aiming to ensure technical and professional rigor, neutrality, objectivity and exemption from administrative activity".

For the Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida, who presented the document to the plenary of the National Assembly, the legal instrument "constitutes one of the purposes of making the State machine more efficient".

Adão de Almeida acknowledged that the current state administration has "many insufficiencies that not all administrative tasks should be carried out within the scope of the direct administration's own power".

He argued that the use of independent administration "is necessary" considering that the administrative entities "integrated in it are independent in their actions", "relating to the executive branch on the basis of cooperation, not receiving orders or direct administrative commands".

"The challenge that is imposed on us, in this area of ​​reform, is to ensure that the principle of intra-administrative unity of public administration and at the same time allow the public administration to be plural in its structure", argued the minister.

In his speech to the plenary, the deputy of the Convergence Broad for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Alexandre Sebastião André, applauded the state reform underway in the country having questioned the "absolute competences" of the independent administrative entities.

The deputy of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), in opposition, Nelito Ekuikui, acknowledged that the law "brings countless benefits", insofar as "independence must remove the interference of the holder of the executive power".

For her part, deputy Lurdes Kaposso, from the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, classified the statute as a "grade 10 proposal" for bringing together "several advantages for the public interest".

After its general approval, the draft law on the General Regime of Independent Administrative Entities will now be referred to the specialized working committees of the parliament, before returning to the plenary for the final vote.

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