Wed, 15 May 2019 10:05 - Updated Wed, 15 May 2019 10:14
Jurist Marcolino Moco advocates caution in attempts to change country's Constitution
Luanda - The former prime minister of Angola (1995-1996), Marcolino Moco, said last Monday that he is against "an immediate constitutional revision", for it is a complex process and also because the country is going through a political transition.
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Politician and writer Marcolino Moco
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Marcolino Moco launches book on conflicts in Africa
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Speaking to ANGOP in Luanda, during the launch of his latest book entitled “Angola in Africa, Nation-State or Political- Ethnicity State?”, jurist Marcolino Moco advocated that he does not defend an urgent constitutional revision, because of the various problems he has identified in the country’s political transition process before and after the 2017 elections.
Since the Constitution of Angola was approved in the year 2010, many sources have defended a constitutional change with a view to reshaping the legal powers given to the President of the Republic, which those sources, mainly from the opposition, consider excessive.
The Constitution states in its Article 108 that the President of the Republic is the Head of State, holder of the Executive Power (head of the Executive Branch) and Commander-in-Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces.
The President of the Republic exercises the executive power with the assistance of one Vice President, State Ministers and ministers.
To Mr Moco, the present situation is very complex and to draft a new constitution now is even more complex.
According to the writer, who released his sixth book, the drafting of the next Constitution of the Republic has to be consensual and carefully prepared, because the constitutional process of 2010 was too hasty.
He went on to advocate that, with the present Constitution, if the practices are good and based on ethico-moral principles placed at the service of common good, then there will not be too much harm.
The 232-page book presents a theory to explain the reasons behind various conflicts in Africa, having Angola as case study.
To the author of the book, which has already been published in Portugal, the main reason for the conflicts in the African continent is the utilisation of the European model of management inherited from or acquired during the colonial period.
Marcolino Moco explains in his book that the conflicts in Africa can be resolved through greater representation of the various ethnic groups and regions in the composition of the government, but the “colonial legacy” has represented a hindrance to such ideal.
However, he defended the strengthening of Pan-Africanism, by taking advantage of the positive elements left by the colonisers.
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