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Quarterly executions of the Budget pass in parliament with MPLA approval

This Wednesday, parliament approved the State Budget execution reports for the last two quarters of 2022 and the first two of 2023, with favorable votes from MPLA and lead from UNITA.


Only the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) voted in favor of the four reports, with the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) disapproving the documents.

The MPLA justified the favorable vote considering that they present "satisfactory results and a positive level of execution despite the adverse economic and financial conditions resulting from the international situation", and because they constitute compliance with "the legal provisions of control and supervision of the National Assembly over the acts of the executive are often called into question", as deputy Virgílio Tchova argued in his vote explanation.

For UNITA, deputy Simão António Dembo presented his declaration of vote, justifying his vote against "because just as the continuity budget forecasts do not add value, the result of their execution could not reflect anything else".

"For when the premises are wrong the results are invariably wrong," he argued.

During the discussions on the reports presented by the Minister of Finance, Vera Daves de Sousa, the deputies criticized the presentation of these documents "outside the legal deadlines", the level of execution and quality of public works spread across the country, the country's high public debt , the economy's "excessive" dependence on oil and called for accountability from budgetary units that are not accountable.

In response, the minister said she had taken "good note" of the concerns, criticisms and suggestions presented by the deputies, highlighting that the executive continues to work to meet the deadlines for sending reports to parliament.

"That's why in the execution report for the second quarter of 2023, if you notice, we have already met the deadlines (...) and we will continue to make this effort to meet the deadlines", she assured.

In relation to budgetary units that are not accountable, namely consulates, embassies, municipal administrations and others, Vera Daves de Sousa said that the body that oversees it "is also concerned", promising "firmer measures" in 2024.

"We have approached the topic pedagogically, we also noticed that in some cases it is a topic of capacity building and we have done (...). But, we understand that the moratorium on training and pedagogy has expired. So, from 2024, we will start signaling cut funds for those who do not report and we will move forward with other, firmer measures if this still does not work", concluded the government official.

The deputies also discuss, behind closed doors, the draft resolutions approving the work plans of the specialized working committees of the National Assembly and the work plans of the groups of resident deputies for the 2023-2024 parliamentary year.


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