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Thu, 21 Jan 2010 11:57 - Updated Thu, 21 Jan 2010 16:31

Constituent Assembly approves Angolan Constitution


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Luanda – The Angolan Parliament, through the Constituent Assembly, on Thursday passed in its entirety the new Constitution of the Republic of Angola, with 186 votes in favour, two abstentions and no votes against.

The Bill, drafted by a committee composed of 60 parliamentarians, assisted by a technical group integrated by 19 experts, enters into force after its promulgation by the Head of State.

The other laws that are not contrary to the principles of the present constitution will remain into force, as well as the national symbols.

The country’s new Constitution has 244 articles, most of which received specific adjustments suggested by institutions and citizens during the public consultation conducted by the Constitutional Commission.

The diploma establishes three organs of sovereignty, namely the President of the Republic, the National Assembly and the Courts, establishing that the members of the first and second organs are elected by direct, secret and periodical universal suffrage under the Constitution and ordinary laws.

Under the terms of the future Fundamental Law, the President is also the Head of State, Head of the Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces, assisted by a vice-president, ministers and State secretaries.

The gathering was attended by members of the government and civil society personalities.