5 February 2013

Angola's Constitution Promulgated Three Years Ago

Luanda — The Constitution of the Republic of Angola turns three years old this Tuesday (Feb. 05), since it was published by the Head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos.

The country's chief law, which founded the Third Republic, has 244 articles, most of which came from contributions made by social institutions and citizens, at a public consultation period conducted by the Constitutional Commission.

Elaborated by a commission made up by 60 MPs and assisted by 19 specialists, appointed by the parties then represented in the National Assembly, the constitutional law of Angola outlines principles that can be considered "normative pillars".

In the terms of the Constitution the President of the Republic is also the Head of State, the Head of the Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA), assisted by a Vice-President, ministers and secretaries of State.

In obedience to what is enshrined in the constitutional law, three days after its promulgation a new government was sworn in.

In the ceremony, President José Eduardo dos Santos called the attention of the members of the new executive to obey and promote the obeisance of the Constitution and other laws of the country, which was embarking on a new era.

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