The regiment of the AN, Angolan Parliament, determines that the president of this sovereign body is elected at the Constitutive Meeting by an absolute majority of the votes of the deputies in office.
Carolina Cerqueira is the first woman to hold this position since the country’s independence in November 1975.
Carolina Cerqueira received from the outgoing president, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the flag and the hammer (symbols of parliamentary power).
Of the 220 deputies that make up the Angolan Parliament, the MPLA occupies 124 seats and UNITA 90, while the PRS, FNLA and PHA each have two parliamentarians.
Profile biographical of the new President of the National Assembly
The president of the National Assembly is a journalist by profession and was born in Caculo Cabaça, municipality of Banga, province of Cuanza Norte.
He was born on October 20, 1956 and joined the MPLA in 1975.
From 1977 to 1984, she worked as a journalist at Rádio Nacional de Angola (RNA) and, from 1984 to 2008, she held the position of director of the Office of Citizenship and Civil Society of the MPLA.
In 2010, she was appointed Minister of Social Communication, a position she held until 2012.
Subsequently, she held the position of vice-president of the MPLA Parliamentary Group until her appointment, in 2016, as Minister of Culture.
The last position he held was that of
Minister of State for the Social Area, Carolina Cerqueira.
Other functions performed:
2008-2010/2012-2016- Elected deputy to the National Assembly, member of its Standing Committee and member of the Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs
He did internships in Diplomatic Journalism, Conflict Resolution and the Art of Negotiating Peace, Popular Diplomacy and Mechanisms for Negotiating Peace.
She held several positions in the MPLA and in the Government, as a member of the Central Committee 1992/1988, coordinator of Information Campaigns on Health- Literacy / Vaccination – Creation of the People’s Assembly.
Member of the National Preparatory Commission for the National Information Seminar.
Member of the WCO National Committee, member of the UJA Secretariat, member of the UNESCO Assises d’Afrique Committee.
Delegate to several International and National Conferences, observer of Multiparty Elections in Namibia and South Africa.
2008 – Master’s student in Political and Legal Sciences at Universidade Agostinho Neto.
– Diplomatic Journalism Course at UN Headquarters in New York.
– Training in Popular Diplomacy at the Rovereto University, Italy.
– Training in Election Observation at European Union Headquarters in Brussels and Ghana.
– Conflict Resolution Training in Kenya – Mombasa.
Political and Associative Curriculum
– Member of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers.
– Member of the Association of Angolan Women in Legal Careers, member of the OMA.
– Member of the Committee of Eminent African Women, established for the Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the African Union.
– Member of UNESCO’s Assises d’Afrique.
2015 – Member of the Executive Committee and the Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance and Trade of the World Inter-Parliamentary Union.
2013 / 2016 – Vice-President of the Pan-African Organization of Women for Southern Africa.
– President of the National Group of the World Interparliamentary Union.
– Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights, Suggestions and Complaints.
2006/2012 – Chairman of the Board of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Women in Legal Careers.
– OMA Secretary for Legal Affairs and Solidarity.
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