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The President of the Assembly of the Republic Verónica Macamo has argued that the CPLP Parliamentary Assembly should not only be an organisation but a structure that brings tangible benefits to people’s lives.
Macamo, who spoke last Thursday to reporters in the Cape Verdean capital, Praia, as part of the eighth CPLP Parliamentary Assembly held in that country, explained that this organisation must defend the interests of its peoples.
Also on Thursday, the presidents of CPLP parliaments decided, during a meeting on the sidelines of the eighth Parliamentary Assembly, that Angola will host the next event and the presidency of this organisation is now headed by Cape Verde, whose testimony took place today, the last day of the event.
And responding to a question from journalists about the detention of former finance minister Manuel Chang, in South Africa, Macamo said she hoped that the applicable legislation would be fulfilled.
“We are following, and in terms of objectives, what we would like to see happen, if the applicable standards were scrupulously followed. Fundamentally that, if they followed the applicable norms scrupulously,” she stressed.
Reacting to another question from journalists concerning press freedom following The Economist’s classification of Mozambique as an authoritarian regime, Macamo said “this is not the truth “.
She also stated that “such a classification can only be made by people who do not know the truth that is lived in Mozambique”, explaining that even in the Assembly of the Republic, the sessions are open to the press and to all citizens.
Macamo, however, acknowledged that “for some time,” the country “had a problem of barring the participation of the press when it came to petitions”.
“But it was to protect the people involved, because in some cases, it is concluded that the problem was not a problem,” explained Macamo.Source: Radio Moçambique