Parliament approves country’s first constitutional review

  • A plenary session of the National Assembly
Luanda – The National Assembly (parliament) approved, this Tuesday (22), the first partial ordinary revision of the Constitution of the Republic of Angola, 11 years after its entry into force.

The text, approved with a qualified majority of two thirds (2/3), obtained (152) votes in favour, none against and 56 abstentions.

 

The final global vote on the diploma took place during an ordinary plenary meeting of the National Assembly, chaired by its leader, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and results from a Proposal for a Specific Review of the Constitution, initiated by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço.

 

The Proposal eliminates the difficulties of interpretation that existed on the subject of the inspection of the Executive by the Parliament and outlines the exercise of the vote for Angolan citizens residing abroad.

 

It also removes from the Constitution the gradualism in the implementation of the autarchies, one of the main divergences between the Government and the opposition.

 

The approved changes also cover the institutional positioning structure of bodies such as the National Bank of Angola (BNA), which now has a different constitutional status and a different designation for its governor.

 

With this partial revision, the Constitution of the Republic of Angola, approved in 2010, changes from 244 to 249 articles.

 

Deputy Vigílio Tyova, rapporteur of the Committee on Juridical and Constitutional Affairs, recalled that, in the review, organizations and public and private institutions, parliamentary groups, and individuals who presented contributions, suggestions and proposals in oral and written form were consulted.

 

The Constitution attributes to the President of the Republic and to one third (1/3) of the 220 deputies of the National Assembly in full function the initiative of constitutional revision.

The text, approved with a qualified majority of two thirds (2/3), obtained (152) votes in favour, none against and 56 abstentions.

 

The final global vote on the diploma took place during an ordinary plenary meeting of the National Assembly, chaired by its leader, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, and results from a Proposal for a Specific Review of the Constitution, initiated by the President of the Republic, João Lourenço.

 

The Proposal eliminates the difficulties of interpretation that existed on the subject of the inspection of the Executive by the Parliament and outlines the exercise of the vote for Angolan citizens residing abroad.

 

It also removes from the Constitution the gradualism in the implementation of the autarchies, one of the main divergences between the Government and the opposition.

 

The approved changes also cover the institutional positioning structure of bodies such as the National Bank of Angola (BNA), which now has a different constitutional status and a different designation for its governor.

 

With this partial revision, the Constitution of the Republic of Angola, approved in 2010, changes from 244 to 249 articles.

 

Deputy Vigílio Tyova, rapporteur of the Committee on Juridical and Constitutional Affairs, recalled that, in the review, organizations and public and private institutions, parliamentary groups, and individuals who presented contributions, suggestions and proposals in oral and written form were consulted.

 

The Constitution attributes to the President of the Republic and to one third (1/3) of the 220 deputies of the National Assembly in full function the initiative of constitutional revision.