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UNITA will submit to parliament draft law on local authorities

The UNITA parliamentary group announced this Wednesday that it will introduce, at the beginning of the parliamentary year, a bill on the institutionalization of local authorities.

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"It is evident that there is no political will on the part of the MPLA [Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola], to create autarchy", said the leader of the parliamentary group of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Liberty Chiaka, when speaking, in a press conference on the balance sheet of the last parliamentary year.

According to the leader of the UNITA parliamentary group, the proposal that was under discussion, in the specialty, until 2021, in the National Assembly was a proposal from the executive, who suspended this exercise, "having claimed, at that time, the revision of the Constitution of the Republic of Angola ".

"Once the review was carried out and one of the elements that was a divisive factor in the vision of both the MPLA and UNITA having been removed from the old constitutional text, fortunately, the current text clearly defines the effective institutionalization of local authorities, there is no more room for debating the realization of autarchy in one or another municipality", he said.

Liberty Chiaka stressed that the current law "mandates" the creation of autarchy in all municipalities, simultaneously.

"We are not going to wait any longer for the MPLA to schedule the Government's proposal (...), we are not going to be more dependent on the will of a party and we are going to put pressure on the scheduling of the bill by the UNITA parliamentary group, we are counting on with the contribution of different citizens of civil society", he said.

According to Liberty Chiaka, the proposal will be adopted by the UNITA parliamentary group, reflecting its vision, "but with the patriotic contribution of distinguished citizens of civil society".

The holding of Angola's first local elections had been scheduled for 2020, but has not taken place to date, one of the Government's arguments being the need to complete the approval of the local legislative package.


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