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Thu, 20 Aug 2009 19:45 - Updated Thu, 20 Aug 2009 19:44

Head of State defends direct universal suffrage for president


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Luanda– The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, Thursday in Luanda defended the adoption in the country’s Constitution of the model of election of the President of the Republic through direct universal suffrage.

"We advocate for an election through direct universal suffrage in which the  president is the head of the list, with his party’s support, with the election being liable of formalisation by the National Assembly. But this is not a typical indirect  election”, he stressed.

President Eduardo dos Santos was speaking at a press conference in the presidential palace in the framework of the visit to Angola of his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma.

José Eduardo dos Santos added that it is up to the parliamentary majority to establish the mode of election of the President of the Republic.

According to him, the process of elaboration of the Constitution is in progress and at an advanced stage, adding that its approval is most likely to occur early next year.

That is when it will be possible to set a date for the holding of the presidential election, he stressed.