September 19, 2022 at 5:18 pm
At a press conference to clarify the collective abandonment on the 16th of this month of the plenary room of the National Assembly, where the constitutive meeting of the Fifth Legislature was taking place, due to “a breach of political commitment” by the MPLA, which “imposed” a second deputy President of Parliament, the leader of the Parliamentary Group of UNITA, Liberty Chiyaka, insisted on dialogue to find a solution to the impasse.
“The election of the president and vice-presidents of the National Assembly are acts of sovereignty of the National Assembly, to be carried out within the framework of its organizational competence. Any participation or interference by another sovereign body in this process constitutes a violation of the principle of separation of powers. , either in terms of its theory of the essential core, or in terms of the custom adopted in the Republic of Angola since 1992”, said Liberty Chiyaka.
According to UNITA, as it is an act of sovereignty of the National Assembly that must not have the interference of another sovereign body, the constituent legislator established that the acts of election of the president and vice-presidents of the National Assembly must be approved by resolution of the Parliament, not by Law.
He referred that the resolution approving the election of the vice-presidents of the National Assembly is unconstitutional, because it was approved in accordance with the will of another power and not in accordance with the will expressed and agreed by Organs internal bodies of the National Assembly.
“The will of the National Assembly to have deputy Américo Kuononoca, appointed by the MPLA, as first vice-president, and deputy Arleth Chimbinda, appointed by UNITA, as second vice-president, as agreed in the process of forming that will, reflects the choice of all Angolans. This is the essence of the theory of political representation”, declared Liberty Chiyaka.
He justified that the second most voted party proposes the second vice-president of the Parliament, as happened during the first Legislature, when UNITA had 70 mandates and nominated the deputies Jerónimo Wanga, Armerindo Jaka Jamba and Fernando for the second vice-president of the National Assembly. Hector, in different periods.
The initial agreement, Liberty Chiyaka continued, was also that the MPLA appoint the first and second secretary of the table and UNITA the third and fourth secretary of the table.
MPLA deputies Américo Kounonoca and Raul Lima were nominated and elected first and second vice-presidents of Parliament, respectively, with 123 favorable votes from the MPLA and two abstentions from the FNLA.
In the August 24 elections, the MPLA won 51.17 percent and 124 deputies and UNITA 43.96 percent and 90 deputies.
Among the smaller parties, it was the PRS that got the furthest, ranking 3rd, with 1.14%, followed by the FNLA, with 1.06%, and the PHA, with 1.02%. All of them with two guaranteed elected deputies.
CASA-CE, with 0.76%, APN, with 0.48%, and PJANGO, with 0.42% of the votes, did not obtain any parliamentary seat.
Of the more than 14 million registered voters, 6,454,109 voted, which corresponds to 44.82%. No more than seven million voted, equivalent to 55.18% abstention.