MPs discuss new internal regulation of Parliament

Luanda – The parliamentary benches of the MPLA, CASA-CE, UNITA, FNLA and PRS last Thursday, in Luanda, expressed diverging positions about the new Internal Regulation of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), at a session chaired by the Speaker of the House, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

In this Fourth Ordinary Plenary Meeting of the National Assembly, the parliamentary benches presented their respective political statements and approved the new Internal Regulation of the Angolan Parliament.

The acting whip of the ruling MPLA party, Pedro SebastiAPound o, said that the new Organic Law on the Functioning of the National Assembly removes from the previous law certain norms that contradict the Constitution and adopts new ones that better adapted to the actual functioning of the institution.

“We are convinced that the innovations included in this important work tool will bring about a new dynamics to the National Assembly”, he emphasised.

The whip of the country’s largest opposition party, UNITA, Adalberto da Costa JA�nior, reiterated the need for the National Assembly’s main sessions to be broadcast by the public television.

He also defended that secret voting should be introduced in the proceedings of the Angolan Parliament.

UNITA MPs voted against the content of the new document.

Adalberto da Costa JA�nior explained that the changes made to the previous document reduce the efficacy of the action of MPs and their capacity to supervise the activity of the Executive.

“We’d like to not be limited in the task of supervising the Executive, by carrying out parliamentary inquests and the summoning of ministers to make themselves accountable, with a view to stimulating a more transparent governance and in line with the rules on good governance”, he emphasised.

The whip of the CASA-CE coalition, Andre Mendes de Carvalho, appealed to the concerned institutions to make haste in terms of the need to deliver the behind payments of scholarship subsidies due to Angolan students in Morrocco.

The whip of the Social Renewal Party (PRS), Benedito Daniel, said that the norms in the new Internal Regulation of the National Assembly place limitations on the work of the MPs.

“Surprisingly, the review of the (previous) Regulation has removed one of the most important rights of the MPs, by transferring to the parliamentary benches the (responsibility of) access to assistants”, he said.

He explained that the limitations to the work of MPs, besides decreasing their good performance, are also responsible for their weak contribution to the democratic process.

As regards the Bill that changes the Law Number 30/11 of 13 September 2011 (Law on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Benedito Daniel said that the Executive recognises the value of such firms and their socioeconomic importance.

Thus, he hoped that the new law will open way for the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, so that they can be part of the country’s economic recovery process and contribute to national development.

The FNLA representative, Lucas Ngonda, also defended the supervisory role of MPs, as a national interest matter, as well as agreed that the main sessions of the National Assembly should be broadcast live by the media organs.

The same parliamentary session approved the Organic Bill on the Functioning of the National Assembly (Internal Regulation), the Bill that Changes the Law on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Law Number 30/11), and the Assessment Report of the State Budget Execution for the third quarter of the year 2016.

Last Thursday’s parliamentary session also passed the resolution that approves the ratification, by the Head of State, of the constitution of the African Civil Aviation Commission, the resolution that approves the replacement of members of provincial and municipal electoral commissions, at the request of the MPLA and UNITA, as well as the summarised report on the Third Plenary Ordinary Session of the National Assembly, held on 23 February of the year 2017.

Source: Angola Press News Agency

MPs discuss new internal regulation of Parliament

Luanda – The parliamentary benches of the MPLA, CASA-CE, UNITA, FNLA and PRS last Thursday, in Luanda, expressed diverging positions about the new Internal Regulation of the National Assembly (Angolan Parliament), at a session chaired by the Speaker of the House, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos.

In this Fourth Ordinary Plenary Meeting of the National Assembly, the parliamentary benches presented their respective political statements and approved the new Internal Regulation of the Angolan Parliament.

The acting whip of the ruling MPLA party, Pedro SebastiAPound o, said that the new Organic Law on the Functioning of the National Assembly removes from the previous law certain norms that contradict the Constitution and adopts new ones that better adapted to the actual functioning of the institution.

“We are convinced that the innovations included in this important work tool will bring about a new dynamics to the National Assembly”, he emphasised.

The whip of the country’s largest opposition party, UNITA, Adalberto da Costa JA�nior, reiterated the need for the National Assembly’s main sessions to be broadcast by the public television.

He also defended that secret voting should be introduced in the proceedings of the Angolan Parliament.

UNITA MPs voted against the content of the new document.

Adalberto da Costa JA�nior explained that the changes made to the previous document reduce the efficacy of the action of MPs and their capacity to supervise the activity of the Executive.

“We’d like to not be limited in the task of supervising the Executive, by carrying out parliamentary inquests and the summoning of ministers to make themselves accountable, with a view to stimulating a more transparent governance and in line with the rules on good governance”, he emphasised.

The whip of the CASA-CE coalition, Andre Mendes de Carvalho, appealed to the concerned institutions to make haste in terms of the need to deliver the behind payments of scholarship subsidies due to Angolan students in Morrocco.

The whip of the Social Renewal Party (PRS), Benedito Daniel, said that the norms in the new Internal Regulation of the National Assembly place limitations on the work of the MPs.

“Surprisingly, the review of the (previous) Regulation has removed one of the most important rights of the MPs, by transferring to the parliamentary benches the (responsibility of) access to assistants”, he said.

He explained that the limitations to the work of MPs, besides decreasing their good performance, are also responsible for their weak contribution to the democratic process.

As regards the Bill that changes the Law Number 30/11 of 13 September 2011 (Law on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), Benedito Daniel said that the Executive recognises the value of such firms and their socioeconomic importance.

Thus, he hoped that the new law will open way for the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, so that they can be part of the country’s economic recovery process and contribute to national development.

The FNLA representative, Lucas Ngonda, also defended the supervisory role of MPs, as a national interest matter, as well as agreed that the main sessions of the National Assembly should be broadcast live by the media organs.

The same parliamentary session approved the Organic Bill on the Functioning of the National Assembly (Internal Regulation), the Bill that Changes the Law on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Law Number 30/11), and the Assessment Report of the State Budget Execution for the third quarter of the year 2016.

Last Thursday’s parliamentary session also passed the resolution that approves the ratification, by the Head of State, of the constitution of the African Civil Aviation Commission, the resolution that approves the replacement of members of provincial and municipal electoral commissions, at the request of the MPLA and UNITA, as well as the summarised report on the Third Plenary Ordinary Session of the National Assembly, held on 23 February of the year 2017.

Source: Angola Press News Agency