17 January 2013

Angola: Official Stresses Importance of Citizens to Know Legal Information

Luanda — The Angolan minister of Territory Administration, Bornito de Sousa, Thursday in Luanda defended the need of Angola to create mechanisms allowing the citizens to participate consciously in the consolidation of democratic state of law underway in the country.

Speaking at the opening of a methodological seminar on legal information systems in the local administration of State, held at the Conference Centre of Belas, in Luanda, the minister said that such a participation requires knowledge of the laws, their rights, duties and obligations.

According to him, the ignorance of the law, or its misinterpretation does not justify or excuse its non-compliance and not even exempt people from sanctions stipulated in Law.

He added that no one can fail to abide by a legal obligation on the grounds that he or she does not know it (Law).

To Bornito de Sousa, the principle is the result of the legal or constitutional obligation of the actions of the State and political powers linked or relate to the citizens.

For Friday, the last day of the seminar, the programme allows a series of specific training to be held at the Institute of the Local Administration (IFAL).

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