21 February 2014

Angola: Parliament Crime Debate Considered Positive

The National Assembly (Angolan Parliament) speaker, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, considered Fiday in Luanda that the debate on crime in Angola was very positive.

Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos was speaking at the end of a five-hour debate on crime in Angola, as part of the agenda for the 6th plenary ordinary session of the second session of the 3rd Legislating Period of the National Assembly.

"I am satisfied with the way the debate went," said the Parliament speaker, who mentioned the loyal and mature manner the MPs approached the matter.

According to Fernando da Piedade, the debate showed that together the MPs can discuss and find the paths leading to the settlement of many problems facing the country, regardless of their parliamentary side.

The debate was intended to assess the causes and consequences of the phenomenon and come up with concrete proposals for the concerned organs to find ways to reduce the incidence of crimes.

He announced that the suggestions and criticism made during the session will be incorporated in reports that will be drafted by the specialised commissions of the National Assembly.

"We are all children of God, with equal rights in terms of the law," said Fernando da Piedade, reiterating the need for the whole society to seek a combat against crime he considered a transversal problem.

The fight against crime is not an exclusive task for the Government as some crimes are even committed within families, the Parliament speaker.

The discussion of the crime phenomenon in Angola set the beginning of a cycle of debates included in the National Assembly's Internal Regimen that makes provision for monthly approach of a topic of national relevance.

The session was witnessed by the minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Rosa Micolo, and the secretaries of State for Human Rights, Bento Bembe, and Civil Protection, Eugénio Laborino.

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