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Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:15 - Updated Thu, 10 Sep 2009 11:15

MPLA-proposed presidential election model safeguards independent candidates


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Luanda – The ruling MPLA party-proposed  presidential election model under which the President of the Republic is elected within the framework of the parliamentary Election, does not exclude the independent candidates from the race to the post of head of State.

This was said Wednesday in Luanda by the head of the ruling MPLA party’s parliamentary bench, Bornito de Sousa.

The MP was addressing a press conference convened to clarify statements made by the head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, during the visit to Angola by his South African colleague, Jacob Zuma.

He said that even in the light of the constitutional framework currently in force in the country, the interests of the independent candidate is safeguarded.

"According to MPLA’s evolved proposal, that provides for the election of the President (of the Republic) within the framework of the parliamentary election, the matter of the independent candidate remains safeguarded, even within the framework of the current Constitution, namely the article 80 ", he stated.

To the MP, this article refers that "the candidatures for MP are presented by the political parties, either in isolation or coalition, with the list eventually including citizens not affiliated to the parties in respect”, he said.

"Now, it is hard for us to understand an independent candidature for an executive president, for governing president. We could eventually understand it for a monarch or ceremonial president or, as we call it, a ribbon-cutting president”, he explained.

During the visit to Angola of Jacob Zuma, the Angolan head of  State, José Eduardo dos Santos, came up with a model for a universal, direct and secret suffrage for he election of the President of the Republic, based on the most voted list for the parliamentary ballot, in which the presidential candidate appears as head of list, confirmed by the Parliament once elected.

According to MP Bornito de Sousa, MPLA proposes a model that privileges the party mediation for political representation and election of the holders of sovereignty organs, without damage to independent candidates.

At the press conference, the MP denied any disagreement between the party’s proposed Constitution Draft and the party’s president’s stand.

Bornito de Sousa also denied allegations of intentions of his party to use the legitimacy it gained from the 2008 parliamentary election to elect the President of the Republic, through an indirrect model.