Opening of the First Session of the Bicameral Parliament

The President of the Nation attended the opening of the first session of 2015, which opened at the Palace of Ngolo, in Bata, in the presence of the highest representatives of State bodies and players of the National Nzalang, as guests of honor.

In the presence of the Vice President of the Republic for Presidential Affairs, Ignacio Milam Tang; the Second Vice President for Defense and State Security, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue; the presidents of the highest State bodies; the Prime Minister of the Government, Vicente Ehate Tomi and his collaborators; leaders and representatives of different political parties, the ambassadors of friendly countries accredited in Equatorial Guinea; representatives of religious denominations, as well as members composing the high and low Houses, the President of Nation, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, attended the opening of the First Session of the Bicameral Parliament, which in the coming weeks will be in session in the city of Bata.

The ceremony was also attended by the President of the National Assembly of Ivory Coast, who is in the country for the CAN 2015, to whom the President of the lower House, Gaudencia Mohaba Mesu, thanked for his presence.

In his speech, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo gave an overview of many issues, and referred to the consolidation of peace and confirmation of the rule of law in the country, after being rescued from the hands of the dictatorship in the year 1979.

He also reported that, during the last African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, he had been congratulated by the heads of state of many African countries, and recognized as the savior of the honor of the continent, for the celebration of the African Cup of Nations, CAN 2015 in Equatorial Guinea.

He then mentioned that after twenty-four years of a multiparty system, it should not be expected that anyone come to give direction, and that “democracy is the only political system that unites the people toward a common goal. To consolidate the rule of law, everyone has to respect the law and cultural values.”

The Head of State invited national companies to become the main investors in the country to have a realistic development, and clarified that what is earned, is invested in the country. He also discussed the establishment of a single window system, to expedite the process of companies and facilitate administrative procedures.

H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo also referred to the opposition and the 5th National Dialogue and commented that, in a relaxed atmosphere, they are working with the opposition. He said he was willing to listen to other alternatives, but said he does not believe in the dialogue of the deaf: “We know their answers; If we say yes, they will say no, but they cannot hide the reality of the country.”

Finally, he stated that Equatorial Guinea lives the highest moment in its history and nobody can disturb this process. “The economic recession will not prevent us to carry out the proposals we have planned for Horizon 2020 Plan,” he concluded.

Text: Javier Hernandez
Photos: Miguel Angel Andjimi (D. G. Base Internet) and Javier Hernandez

Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office

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