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Tue, 10 Nov 2015 16:34 - Updated Wed, 11 Nov 2015 10:30

Angola: Head of State inaugurates new National Assembly building

Luanda - The Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, inaugurated Tuesday in Luanda the premises of the new National Assembly (Angolan Parliament).

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National Assembly's Plenary room

Photo: Pedro Parente

The ceremony was witnessed by the National Assembly speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, by representatives of the political, legislative and judicial powers, guests, church officials and members of the civil society.

The imposing building is situated in the urban district of Ingombota, within the perimeter of the Political Administrative Centre, over an area of 72,000 square metres, occupying 54,000 square metres.

The Political Administrative Centre comprises the Presidential Palace, the Palace of Justice, the Defence Ministry, the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, the Episcopal Palace and the premises of the former National Assembly headquarters.

Since its inception in 1980, under the name of People’s Assembly, the current National Assembly is housed in the former Estúdio/Restauração Cinema, not very far from the present building.

The building’s foundation stone was laid by the President of the Republic on October 15, 2009. The construction works started on May 17, 2010.

Covering an area of 72,000 square metres, the infrastructure is comprises of four blocks of six floors, two of which in the basement. Parking in the basement carries up to 494 vehicles, 34 of which for VIPs.

The building was built with a 176 workers manpower, 88 percent of which locals and 12 expatriates. At its peak, the undertaking involved a total of 800 nationals and expatriates together.

The New National Assembly building has the capacity to accommodate 1,200 people in its various meeting rooms and 4,600 seats, 1,400 for guests.

Of the figures of the undertaking, stress goes to the use of 11 tons of steel, 70,000 cubic metres of concrete and 370 tons of metallic structure. 500 kilometres of low tension electric wire have been used in the construction of the imposing structure.

The construction of the infrastructure was under the Special Works Office and supervision of Dar-Al-Handasah and built by the Portuguese company Teixeira Duarte.

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