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27/10/2011: Parliament passes bill on national languages of African origin

Parliament passes bill on national languages of African origin

Luanda – The National Assembly (Parliament) approved in Luanda the bill on statute of national languages of African origin.

The statute, aimed at regularizing the situation of national languages, was approved with 187 votes in favour, non against and three abstentions.

According to the opinion by the commissions of education, science and technology, culture, youth, sports, religious affairs and communication, as well as constitutional and legal affairs, the law will enhance and promote the African languages of Angolan origin, through the legal tool itself.

On the other hand, it also aims at defining the referred possible languages of use by the Angolan State, thus encouraging the statute and scientific innovation of others.

The bill that approves above the statute is a tool whose main goal is to promote the social inclusion and strengthening of the unity in diversity, as well as the cultural and linguistic pluralism.

Chaired by the Parliament Speaker, António Paulo Kassoma, the II Plenary Session of National Assembly brought together, 192 of the 220 MPs, and government officials.