Angola: President Dos Santos Appeals for Retrieval of Solidarity Spirit

Luanda — The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, said that the State must adopt policies of social service and retrieve the spirit of solidarity that always characterized the Angolan people.

Addressing the year-end greeting ceremony, the head of State justified the concern with the fact the in the current world and even the Angolan society, the value of life is being assessed by considerations that are purely of utility and materialist.

He said that those who have much should help those who have little or almost nothing, instilling in his or her mind the spirit of solidarity that strengthens social cohesion.

So, José Eduardo dos Santos said that the State and society must hold actions to assist the needs and concerns of children, women, disabled people, handicapped persons, former militants, ex-combatants and war veterans.

The Angolan Statesman received yearend greetings from the vice president, Manuel Vicente, followed by the speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

José Eduardo dos Santos, flanked by the first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, was also greeted by the chiefs of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Audit Court Cristiano André, Rui Ferreira and Julião António, respectively.

MPs, ministers, members of the civil society, former combatants , magistrates and others also attended the year-end greeting ceremony.

The agenda includes a speech to the Nation by the head of State, preceded by the vice president's address, on behalf of the Angolan people.

The last part of the ceremony includes a dinner and music and cultural show.

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