22 February 2013

Angola: Reinforced Parliamentary Cooperation With Portugal Defended

Lisboa — The Angolan ambassador to Portugal, José Marcos Barrica, Thursday in Lisbon defended the reinforcement of parliamentary cooperation with the European country, taking into account the new political context being experienced in the country, as a result of the latest general elections of 2012.

The diplomat was speaking at the end of a courtesy audience granted to him by the speaker of the Portuguese Assembly, Assunção Esteves.

Marcos Barrica on the occasion highlighted the need for a review of the parliamentary cooperation accord between the two countries, especially in the administrative and legislative domains.

"There is today a correction between the two parliaments based on cooperation protocols signed last year that need renewal and update in order to meet the new reality or our countries," said Marcos Barrica.

According to the diplomat, "Angola has a Republic Constitution and in terms of the Law, new organs of sovereignty have been elected, namely the President of the Republic and the National Assembly's MPs."

He stated that parliaments are the bulwark of democracy, and spoke of the need for revitalisation and boosting of the work teams of the two countries parliaments, highlighting the importance of the Angola/Portugal Parliamentary Friendship Group.

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