The Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, oversaw the opening of the First Ordinary Period of Sessions of the Bicameral National Parliament in a ceremony held on 30th January, in the presence of national figures; the diplomatic corps and international organisations; leaders of political groupings from the democratic opposition; the General Secretary of the PDGE, Jeronimo Osa Osa Ecoro, and the Archbishop of Malabo, among other guests.
The ceremony began with the swearing in of senior figures from the two chambers: the Second Vice-president of the Senate, Augustin Nze Nfumu; the Second Spokesperson from the Table of the same legislative institution, Melchor Esono Edjo, and various senators and deputies from the nation. Those who were sworn in did so to replace the holders of the seats who had been entrusted with other State responsibilities. Following the opening, they heard speeches given by A�ngel Serafin Seriche Dougan, First Vice-president of the Senate, and Gaudencio Mohaba Mesu, Presidents of the Chamber of Deputies, who revealed an audit of the matters that will be the focus of attention of the Upper and Lower Chambers for the next ninety days.
In his message, the head of State and Government highlighted the positive progressive movement of the general development of the nation, in both the political and the economic and sociocultural aspects, and the result of the responsible functioning of the institutions that make up the State power. For this reason -he said- we must all congratulate ourselves for this mark of prestige, and at the same time redouble our efforts so that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea continues to accelerate its development towards full emergence”.
In another part of his message, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo invited the representatives of the people in the chamber to focus their mission on the aims of the creation of the National Parliament, consisting in the regulation of the exercise of political activity in the nation, and criticise and report conduct which does not conform to its regulation. He also referred to the circumstances in which others outside national institutions co-opt their functions, This is becoming anarchy and a latent threat to the peace and stability of the nations, and so parliament must not tolerate these situations that confuse public opinion”.
Furthermore, the lack of employment to absorb the young professionals graduating from the various professional training centres is a concern of the Government. H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also spoke about the adoption of further mechanisms in the fight against corruption, in addition to the Government plans regarding the celebration of the Third national Economic Conference in the near future, which will require the participation of State political and administrative institutions, international economic bodies and institutions, political parties and civic society, in order to jointly analyse the reprogramming of the National Economic Development Plan for the country and outline new goals.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office