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Government denies intentions to declare state of emergency

The Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida, denied the intention to declare a state of emergency in the country “in immediate terms”.


The Minister of State spoke in Luanda and reacted to publications circulated on social networks, realizing that a return to the state of emergency, which was in force between 27 March and 25 May, was imminent.

"There are no intentions of declaring a state of emergency in the current situation," said Adão de Almeida, denying that the President of the Republic had initiated the necessary procedures, namely through the National Assembly.

The official declared that "there is no immediate intention of declaring a state of emergency, nor was there any correspondence exchanged with the National Assembly for this to happen".

"This declaration is the responsibility of the head of state, but in order for it to be declared, it is necessary to initiate this procedure and there was no impulse in that sense", he reinforced.

Adão de Almeida stressed that Angola remains in a situation of public calamity and "everything is being done" so that there is no need to declare a state of emergency again, a situation that brings "greater damage to the lives of the economy and citizens".

The minister stressed that both mechanisms that allow to deal with health emergencies - situation of public calamity or state of emergency - allow the adoption of exceptional measures.

The state of emergency, which implies suspending fundamental rights, is only declared "when the suspension of fundamental rights is necessary to stop the spread of covid in a health emergency", he stressed.

Angola currently has more than 12,000 infected and had in October the month with the highest number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

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