The outgoing Angolan Finance Minister, Vera Daves, said today that the government of the next legislature should “work twice as hard and care about the people” to meet expectations, especially as the elections were very close.
“We have to work twice as hard and we have to be all aligned with the leader’s vision, the leader alone cannot do everything, and we, who have the mission of helping him, have to be aligned with his DNA, which is listen to people,” he told reporters today.
The next government, he added, “will have to care about people, listen and meet people’s expectations.”
“If we all close our ranks on what the leader’s vision is and if we are aligned with this vision, without a doubt, at the end of these five years, the results will be even better”, he pointed out.
Vera Daves was speaking to journalists today at Praça de República, in Luanda, where the re-elected President of the Republic of Angola, João Lourenço, will be invested, following the elections on 24 August.
The youngest Angolan minister in the outgoing legislature also said that she was “always in combat readiness” to face any challenge entrusted to her by the new government.
“I am always in combat readiness, whatever the mission entrusted to me. If entrusted to me, I will give myself to her with the same passion and commitment and we will be here for the big challenges”, he pointed out.
“I try to give everything I have to what I’m doing, so that those who have bet on me don’t feel defrauded and feel proud of the bet”, he assured.
On the current world challenges, marked above all by the war in Ukraine, Vera Daves wants to “navigate this environment in the most peaceful way possible”, having also alluded to the “necessary” divine help.
“And may God help us in this, to align ourselves with what is the satisfaction of people’s expectations”, he concluded.
Several figures, such as the Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, were invited to attend this investiture ceremony of João Lourenço, in Praça de República, adjacent to the António Agostinho Neto Memorial, the first President of Angola.
The Constitutional Court (TC) proclaimed the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) and its candidate, João Lourenço, as winners with 51.17% of the votes, followed by UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) with 43 95%, having failed UNITA’s electoral dispute appeal.
With these results, the MPLA elected 124 deputies and UNITA, which contests the results and resorted to the lead of the TC and filed, on Tuesday, an appeal of unconstitutionality, elected 90 deputies, almost double the 2017 elections.
In view of the electoral results, the MPLA must also appoint two vice-presidents and two secretaries of the National Assembly and, in the same proportion, the UNITA party.
The PRS, the FNLA) and the newcomer PHA elect two deputies each.
CASA-CE, the National Patriotic Alliance (APN) and P-Njango did not obtain seats in the National Assembly, which in the 2022-2027 legislature will have 220 deputies.
João Lourenço, re-elected President of Angola for the next five years, takes office on Thursday, September 15, and the elected deputies will be sworn in on Friday.