The President of the Republic today appointed Laurinda Jacinto Prazeres Monteiro Cardoso to the position of presiding judge of the Constitutional Court (TC).
The new president of the TC has been part of the MPLA’s Political Bureau since June 2019, when new members were elected at the 1st ordinary meeting of the extended Central Committee, within the framework of the VII extraordinary congress of the party.
Laurinda Cardoso had been appointed Secretary of State for Territory Administration in April 2020.
The vacancy in the TC comes after the former president, appointed to the position in 2017, has left the position at his request.
On Thursday of last week, a note from the Civil House of the President of the Republic stated that the request had been accepted by João Lourenço.
The desire to leave office was expressed by Manuel Aragão after he demarcated himself from “the majority of the decisions” contained in the judgment that approved the constitutional review, warning of the “suicide of the democratic rule of law” by admitting the hierarchy between courts superiors.
For Manuel Aragão, the jurisdictional system in Angola “is diffuse, where there is a common jurisdiction headed by the Supreme Court (TS) and a specialized jurisdiction (Constitutional Court) and each of these bodies is called upon, according to its nature, to give answer to the questions submitted to them”.