Angola: Head of State Urges Family Protection

Luanda — The Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, Thursday in Luanda urged upon the society the need to more and more work for the stability in the families, by strongly fighting domestic violence and all forms of sexual abuse, particularly that which affect children and youths.

The head of State was speaking at the ceremony of year end compliments.

"Very often it is the very parents or close relatives who practice these condemnable acts that lead to the destruction of the most important cell of our society, the family," he said.

The president also spoke of the need for a strong fight against this phenomenon, with strong civic education campaigns, for the prevention, and with severe judicial actions that hold its authors responsible.

"It is necessary to continue to protect the family as the social nucleus in which the most important ethical, cultural and moral values of the society are first transmitted. May each family become a place of serenity, peace and dialogue and share of affection," stressed the head of State in his address.

President Dos Santos recalled as well that it is within the family that the youths can find the trust required to look to the future with hope and sense of responsibility.

According to him, the country once more counts on the engagement of the youth to overcome the challenges of the present and of the future.

"The youth must always have as a reference the good example of the youths that in the past sacrificed everything to make the independence of our country possible and defend the national conquests of the Angolan people," he stated.

The head of State received compliments from the vice president, Manuel Vicente, followed by the National Assembly speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

Greeting president José Eduardo dos Santos and the first lady, Ana Paula dos Santos, were also the chiefs of the Supreme Court, Constitutional Court and Audit Court, Cristiano André, Rui Ferreira e Julião António, respectively.

MPs, Cabinet ministers, members of the Civil Society, ex-combatants, magistrates and other entities attended the function.

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