11 January 2013

Angola: Head of State Highlights Strengthening of Democracy

Luanda — The Angolan Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, on Thursday in Luanda stated that in ten years of peace in Angola it was achieved national reconciliation and the strengthening of democratic institutions.

The Angolan Head of State made this statement at the New Year compliment ceremony attended by the Diplomatic Body accredited in Angola.

"We never let ourselves be influenced by the Afro-pessimism that some countries propagate and we've always believed in the change of the continent, we are part of this world that is characterized today by global changes", he stressed.

The Head of State also emphasised that governments that are legitimated by public choice must not be put into question.

He considered the prevailing situation in Guinea-Bissau, Mali, eastern part of the DRC and the Central African Republic a regression for Africa.

In speaking about other conflict zones the president defended the "Two-State Solution" to the Israeli-Palestine conflict, afterwards stressing that "while there is life, there is hope".

José Eduardo dos Santos called on everyone in the hall to work for a world of peace and understanding.

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