The Senate plenary, chaired by the Senior Vice President, Ricardo Maximo Torao Oyo, meeting on Tuesday, March 24, at the International Conference Center of Ngolo, its temporary headquarters in Bata, approved the draft law which regulates the Statute of State Dignitaries and Personalities after its functions.
Prior to the approval of the draft law, the Senators read the minutes of the meeting and the opinions given by the Standing Commission on Constitution and Regime of Public Institutions in charge of the study and analysis of the document sent by the Chamber of Deputies for the second reading.
This document lists the process and particularities occurred during the development of the work of the committee members at the level of debates, amendments and modifications; which have earned the approval of the senators who have congratulated and appreciated the efforts of the commission.
The draft law regulating the Statute of State Dignitaries and Celebrities after its functions -which consists of a single chapter in nine articles, an additional provision, a derogatory and a final provision- explains that, given the Constitutional Reform promulgated on February 16, 2012, which introduces new constitutional bodies in the political and social landscape of the Nation, it is necessary to review the Law number 2/1996, dated January 3, for regulating the mentioned statute, in order to adapt to the demands of the moment. The proposal also refers to the respect that should be given to the positions due to their special dedication in high public office, have earned the name of State Dignitaries and Personalities; all with the purpose of preserving the dignity these functions deserve, both in their exercise, and after them.
Also, this proposed law adds to those personalities arisen in the Constitutional Reform that created new institutions: the Vice President of the Republic; the presidents of the Senate, Chamber of Deputies, Council of the Republic, National Council for Economic Development and Court of Accounts; the Ombudsman; Vice Presidents of the bicameral Parliament; Senators and Deputies.
Text: Pilar Cecilia Ayecaba Ndong (Senate Press Office)
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office