- The Angolan parliament has stamped the country’s supreme law that will make it easier for President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to run for presidency for as many times as he wishes without any further debate.
The new Angolan constitution abolishes presidential elections adopting a system whereby the president of the country will be elected by the majority party in parliament.
The decision which comes as the Southern African state is hosting the African nations’ soccer cup, saw the opposition walk out in protest yesterday, saying the motion to adopt the new constitution was only meant to entrench Mr dos Santos, who has already ruled the country for three decades.
Angola’s presidential elections were deferred last year with the country’s ruling leadership preferring the drafting of the new constitution despite parliamentary elections being held, in which the ruling MPLA won convincingly.
The adoption of the new constitution was passed with 186 votes out of the 220 seats in parliament. However for the new document to be effective it still needs further approval from the Constitutional Court and the President.
The new law will replace the interim Independence document which was in place since Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
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