Angola: Debate On Parliamentary Oversight of Government Actions Resumes

Luanda — Angola's National Assembly Monday resumed debate on its role to inspect all Government activities during a session in which the MPs of the ruling MPLA party and CASA-CE (opposition) contradicted each other over the interpretation of the subject.

The MPs focused on the Ruling No. 319/2013 or decision of the Constitutional Court (TC), which states the partial unconstitutionality of the National Assembly's Internal Rules, on supervision of Government actions.

According to the TC's decision "the Constitution doesn't give powers to the Parliament to request, investigate the Executive, not even to summon up, ask questions or audit to the Cabinet officials.

In Angola the positions of the State ministers, ministers and governors are tasks delegated by the head of the Executive, the President of the Republic.

Speaking at the session, aimed to pass the " Final Joint Opinion on Draft 2019-State Budget" and "Draft Resolutions on Recommendations to 2020-State Budget", the MP Sebastião Alexandre of CASA-CE, alleged that the National Assembly is banned from inspecting the Executive actions.

Sebastião Alexandre said several recommendations produced by Parliament have not been implemented, adding that things would be different if the MPs could inspect them.

According to him, the Constitutional Court should scrap its decision that prevent the Parliament from questioning the Executive.

In turn, Amilcar Culela of the main opposition Unita party, recognised existing some changes in the political field, but defended the need of National Assembly's oversight of Government actions.

In turn, the MPLA MP and leader of the 1st Commission of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Tomás Silva, said the Constitutional Court is doing nothing but to adjust the Rules of the National Assembly on supervision to the Constitution, removing some elements not enshrined in the Constitution. But it did not prevent the Parliament from inspecting the Government actions.

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