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President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo recomends creation of a Senate in Equatorial Guinea

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May 31st, 2011

In an effort by the government of Equatorial Guinea to systematically and progressively pursue greater democracy and pluralism as the nation develops.  In March 2011, President Obiang recommended the creation of a Senate, which would convert the nation’s Parliament from a unicameral to a bicameral legislature, and proposed limiting the president to two four-year terms of office.  President Obiang opened this year’s Parliamentary session with a call for fundamental reform of the legal system. 

According to the President’s decree, the main purpose of the National Committee is to create broader opportunities for citizens to participate in the management of the country.  The decree cited “the political maturity acquired since the political reform of 1991 by the People of Equatorial Guinea, the political movements of the nation, and the political and administrative institutions established according to popular will” as one of the reasons reform was needed. One other reason, according to a high ranking country politician, is the unprecedented economic and social development achievement by President Obiang’s economic strategy which is now culminating with the sound and sustainable development program of the agro-rural sector as the main pillar of the national economic and social development strategy.

According to a western diplomat in Malabo, this bold political step taken by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is unique in the continent and should serve as example to many African countries struggling to create meaningful basis for genuine Democracy, Peace, Stability, Security and lasting Economic and Social Development for the wellbeing of their people, and come at a special moment when the Country will host the 2011 Summit of the African Union in June 2011.

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