The Parliament has closed its first ordinary period of sessions of the current legislature, the eighth for the Chamber of Deputies and the second for the Senate. The President of the Republic, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the event at the International Palace of Conferences in Sipopo, on 28th May.
The ceremony was attended by all components of constitutional bodies, together with the Prime Minister, Charged with Administrative Coordination, Francisco Pascual Obama Asue; heads of diplomatic missions and international bodies; political parties, and the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of Equatorial Guinea, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro; leaders from religious denominations, and deputies and senators.
The presidents of Parliament, Teresa Efua Asangono and Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu, were the first speakers at the event, with their respective reports on the work carried out during the first four months of the legislative period.
Among these are the study and analysis of various draft laws and cooperation framework agreements, between the Republic of Equatorial Guinea and other African, European and Asian countries; the training and awareness-raising seminars on the internal regulations of Parliament, and other aspects for the consolidation of the parliamentary period; the file of complaints and requests; and reports from delegations that have taken part in various meetings and conferences.
The Presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies agreed on the condemnation and rejection of the terrorist attack of 24th December through an institutional declaration, which was drawn up at a special session for the two chambers, in addition to a rejection of delinquency and gender discrimination. The latter aspects are pending for study and pronouncement in upcoming parliamentary sessions.
For the National Parliament, the Republic of Equatorial Guinea can neither once again accept the implementation of colonialism, nor can Spain attempt it once again, because 12th October marks 50 years as an independent nation. This is the response of the institution to Equatoguinean political leaders who wish to return to the colonial regime.
Within the framework of constitutional provisions it is my honour to take part in this ceremony, I am satisfied to confirm the strengthening and consolidation of this institution”, were the first words of the Head of State in his speech before the auditorium.
The President also spoke of the legislative and regulatory competence of the institution with the Government, and invited the bicameral Parliament and other State powers to work in order to consolidate the functioning of the nation.
To conclude his reflections, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo expressed gratitude for the best wishes from the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, expressed through their representatives of executive power, for his 76th birthday in June.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea