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Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:23 - Updated Sun, 16 Jul 2017 09:13

Angola: Ruling party rules out alterations to present Constitution

Luanda - The ruling MPLA party presidential candidate João Lourenço Friday in Luanda considered "unwise and premature" to announce the possible changes to the Constitution of the Republic.

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MPLA presidential candidate, João Lourenço, grants press conference

Photo: Pedro Parente

Speaking at a press conference, João Lourenço recalled that the country's Constitution was approved by Parliament and "not imposed", stressing that in the case of alterations or revision this will require a qualified majority of more than two thirds.

The candidate said that MPLA is not in a position to state, publicly, if it is going to change the Constitution, taking into account the unpredictability of the electoral results.

As for his future cohabitation with the current head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, João Lourenço described it as a "false problem", as both belong to the same political organisation and share the same ideology.

The politician clarified that the term cohabitation is normally used when leaders are from different parties. But in case of Angola it seems incorrect, if it is the MPLA that emerges the winner of 23 August elections.

"Either the party's leader or the future president will be from the same party, with  one being president and the other vice-president if we manage to win the hearts of Angolans," he said.

João Lourenço alluded to the issues related to the future of the country's leadership if the MPLA wins the elections, since the current President of the Republic and at the same time party’s leader, José Eduardo dos Santos, will stay put until 2018.

The politician pledged, in case of victory, to work with the MPLA president in "perfect harmony" and thus materialise the party leader's strategy, electoral manifesto and

governance programme.

As for the difference in style of governance between the future president and the current Head of State, he said that there will be differences, although they are from the same political family.

He also promised to rule in the interest of all Angolans, regardless of their party ideologies.

The ruling MPLA party presidential candidate recently wound up a campaign of his presentation to militants, friends and sympathisers that went from February to July this year.

General elections, the country’s fourth, will be held on 23 August this year, with the participation of five political parties and one coalition. They are the ruling MPLA party, opposition UNITA, PRS, FNLA, APN and coalition (CASA-CE).

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