As the second legislature of the Senate and the eighth of the Chamber of Deputies are about to expire, the Parliament met this Monday in a plenary session in accordance with article 55 of the Fundamental Law of Equatorial Guinea and its respective regulations, to present an institutional declaration on the matter.
The plenary session was chaired by Teresa Efua Asangono, President of the Senate, who indicated the reasons why the National Parliament thought it appropriate to conceive the institutional declaration to be presented in the hemicycle of this parliamentary body.
In this sense, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, read out the text through which the Parliament is considered as a legitimate and representative institution of the sovereign people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea that watches over the preservation of peace, political stability, the consolidation of democracy, economic, social and cultural development that the Republic of Equatorial Guinea is currently experiencing, and cultural development that the country is currently experiencing, under the leadership of the Head of State and Government, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and in view of the forthcoming expiry of the mandates of the National Parliament, the local corporations and the Presidency of the Republic, the plenary of the National Parliament urges the Government of the Nation to hold presidential, legislative and municipal elections jointly.
The act was concluded in the presence of Ángel Serafín Seriche Dougan Malabo and Salomón Nguema Owono, First Vice-Presidents of the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, and Agustín Nze Nfumu, Second Vice-President of the Upper House, members of the bureaux and the boards of spokespersons, as well as the majority of parliamentarians from both legislative bodies. The institutional declaration is also designed to energise the ongoing political process by providing a satisfactory and economically viable solution.
Following the approval of the institutional declaration in question by the plenary of Parliament, the document was finally signed by the presidents of the two upper and lower houses, Teresa Efua Asangono and Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, respectively.