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Academics defend revision of the Constitution

The academics Eugénio Costa Almeida and Fernando Jorge Cardoso defended the need for a revision of the Constitution, considering that "there are things that must be revised" within the fundamental law of Angola.


"I hope that he [João Lourenço, President of the Republic] does not close his doors and that he is the driver of a constitutional review. The Constitution needs to be revised, there are situations that must be revised", said Eugénio Costa Almeida, associate researcher of the ISCTE-IUL Center for International Studies (CEI-ISCTE).

One of the points highlighted by the Luso-Angolan academic is the presidential elections. For Eugénio Costa Almeida, the President must be directly elected, contrary to what happens in the current format, in which he is chosen by the deputies of the National Assembly.

Fernando Jorge Cardoso, also from CEI-ISCTE and coordinator of the Marquês de Valle Flôr Institute (IMVF), also pointed out that "it makes perfect sense to revise the Constitution".

"I am completely in favor of a regime change, but not of a change towards the creation of several figures who begin to want to command the budget," said the Portuguese researcher, adding: "What must happen is that institutions like the Assembly of the Republic, courts and civil society are strengthened to be counter-powers, and not raise two roosters in the same poultry ".

Contrary to Eugénio Costa Almeida, Fernando Jorge Cardoso was "absolutely in favor of the President of the Republic being the president of the most voted party", referring to the disputes between Government and heads of state recently registered in Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe .

Fernando Jorge Cardoso also noted that there must be a "deep and structural revolution that should have started and not started".

The current Constitution of Angola was seen and approved by the Constituent Assembly on 21 January 2010, having been promulgated by the then President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos.

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