5 February 2013

Angola: State Minister Stresses Country's Constitution

Luanda — The Constitution of the Republic of Angola was considered, Tuesday, in Luanda, as clearly, the pillar of the rule of law and democratic country.

It was said by the State minister and Chief of Civil House of the Presidency of the Republic, Edeltrudes Costa when, on behalf of the Angolan President, José Eduardo dos Santos, was speaking at the opening ceremony of the workshop under the theme "The Constitution and Consolidation of the Law-abiding Country", on the February 5, the date of promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.

He added that the President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, in the act of promulgation emphasized that all necessary actions of the State have a juridical, legal and political support, since they are mirrored on the Constitution, the form of the State, separation of powers, the mode of appointment of government officials and the rights of citizens.

He noted that the "Mother Law" then approved, embodies the long road to the enhancement of representative and participatory democracy, the actions of State bodies and public authorities.

This path, he said, was inaugurated by the Constitution of 1991 and continued with the amendments operated to the document, the following year that already enshrined democratic principles and the separation of powers.

To him, the Constitution of 2010 was only the confirmation of these principles.

Quoting the Head of Stat, he said that "the new Constitution reaffirms and establishes, among its structuring principles, the pluralist representative democracy, the unitary State, the valuation of work and respect for the human person, freedom of economic initiative and enterprise , social justice and citizen participation, "he said.

In his view, it is, therefore, a significant advance in the consolidation of the democratic process and the creation of conditions for the harmonious and sustainable development of the country.

This Constitution, resulting from the national consensus, "is the Angolan Constitution, the law that defines the State, which parameterizes the rules on which rulers and ruled, natural and legal persons, national and foreign citizens must conduct themselves in the country , "he added.

The president's aide said that the Constitution is the document that identifies Angola and Angolans, enshrines the symbols of the Nation, and being part of the people lives, and it must be respected and above all divulged so that citizens know their precepts and realize the scope of their constitutional rights and duties.

The event, organized by the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs, was attended by government officials, judges, lawyers, parliamentarians, among other personalities.

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