President announces constitution review

 
  
  • Presidente da República, João Lourenço
Luanda – Angolan head of State João Lourenço announced Tuesday plans to propose a partial revision of the Constitution of the Republic.

Addressing a Cabinet Council’s meeting, the Head of State said the move is meant to clarify, among other matters,  the Parliament's role in inspecting the activities of the President of Republic.

João Lourenço said that the specific review should cover other issues, such as the voting process of Angolans residing abroad, as well as the gradualism of the local elections in Angola.

In his speech, the Head of State said that the proposal, to be analysed by the Cabinet Council, from March 2, aims to ensure the stability of the country.

The president also slammed the violent unrest in Cafunfo, eastern Lunda Norte province, last January, and strongly condemned all acts that may likely lead to disruption of the State.

The President also referred to the dual nationality of political figures and the current crisis in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD Angola).

2010 Constitution

This will be the first revision of the Constitution of the Republic, approved in 2010 by the National Assembly, with 186 votes in favor, two abstentions and no votes against.

At the time, the vote was not attended by UNITA MPs, who justified their absence as a protest.

According to the current Constitutional Law, President of the Republic is elected head of a party or coalition of political parties.

The Constitution stipulates that the partial or total revision of this legal instrument can be made through a proposal by the President of the Republic or by two thirds (2/3) of the MPs of the National Assembly.

According to some experts in Angolan constitutional law, the current version of the Constitution of the Republic, promulgated on February 5, 2010, attributes "excessive constitutional powers to the President of the Republic".

According to the magna law, the Head of State is also the Holder of the Executive Branch and Commander in Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), appointing ministers, governors and judges.

He directs and defines the execution of the State's foreign policy, as well as guides the country's policy and public administration, among other attributions.

Addressing a Cabinet Council’s meeting, the Head of State said the move is meant to clarify, among other matters,  the Parliament's role in inspecting the activities of the President of Republic.

João Lourenço said that the specific review should cover other issues, such as the voting process of Angolans residing abroad, as well as the gradualism of the local elections in Angola.

In his speech, the Head of State said that the proposal, to be analysed by the Cabinet Council, from March 2, aims to ensure the stability of the country.

The president also slammed the violent unrest in Cafunfo, eastern Lunda Norte province, last January, and strongly condemned all acts that may likely lead to disruption of the State.

The President also referred to the dual nationality of political figures and the current crisis in the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (IURD Angola).

2010 Constitution

This will be the first revision of the Constitution of the Republic, approved in 2010 by the National Assembly, with 186 votes in favor, two abstentions and no votes against.

At the time, the vote was not attended by UNITA MPs, who justified their absence as a protest.

According to the current Constitutional Law, President of the Republic is elected head of a party or coalition of political parties.

The Constitution stipulates that the partial or total revision of this legal instrument can be made through a proposal by the President of the Republic or by two thirds (2/3) of the MPs of the National Assembly.

According to some experts in Angolan constitutional law, the current version of the Constitution of the Republic, promulgated on February 5, 2010, attributes "excessive constitutional powers to the President of the Republic".

According to the magna law, the Head of State is also the Holder of the Executive Branch and Commander in Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), appointing ministers, governors and judges.

He directs and defines the execution of the State's foreign policy, as well as guides the country's policy and public administration, among other attributions.