1 June 2014

Angola: Ruling Party President Proposes Follow-Up of Social Evolution for Change

Luanda — The president of the ruling MPLA party, José Eduardo dos Santos, Friday in Luanda defended a closer follow-up of the social evolution in the country in order to continue deserving the trust of the people and lead the process o f change.

Jose Eduardo dos Santos was speaking at the opening of the 2nd extraordinary session of the MPLA Central Committee convened to analyse documents linked to the preparation of the party's 5th extraordinary Congress in December this year

To him, if the party fails to follow up the social evolution and remain stagnant, it could lose the trust of the people and the lead of the process of change.

The politician also said the party must transmit a message of trust and hope and express the aspirations of everyone, or at least of the large majority of the population.

He added that the party's social contract proposal or concrete projects must seek the wellbeing and felicity for all.

To the politician, in transforming the nature to withdraw from it what he needs, man must also transform himself, adding that when a political party designs and carries out its plans to transform the society, it must also transform itself and grow with that society.

As an example, he mentioned that when in the country the one party system was replaced with the multiparty one, MPLA had to transfer its base organisations from the workplaces to the locals of resident, thus adjusting to the new political and social reality.

He stated that in this process of change, the party must detect the social forces of change and understand their importance, character and dynamics. It must also predict the trends of the social evolution so it can adjust, lead the supporters and the people and keep its leadership.

In this case, after losing the course of developments, the political forces resort to unrealistic promises it cannot accomplish, thus falling to populism with the purpose of deceiving the masses, he stressed.

The MPLA president considers that the integration of the party in the society as a means of leading the process of social transformation is crucial for the accomplishment of its programme.

In this process, he added, the party must distinguish the forces of transformation , which are the masses and the elements of scientific and technical expertise, innovation and the capacity to mobilize, which are the political and technically, more prepared and motivated political cadres.

According to him, the selection of the cadres requires an adequate integration of the party within the elites of the country in all segments of the society and all domains of knowledge, with a view to a participation and collaboration of those who want to contribute to the construction of a democratic, prosperous and inclusive Angola.

The leader of the ruling party spoke of the need for more regular dialogue between the top, the intermediate sectors, the bases of the party and the people, coupled with a better communication and better moral and civic education work.

He called for a special attention to the work of mobilisation of the cadres in the country and abroad, believing that the discussion of this matter will dominate the debates that will take place at the coming extraordinary congress of the party set for December this year.

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