Angola former President, José Eduardo dos Santos. Photo:

Angola: Parliament to vote on new Kwanza without José Eduardo dos Santos’ face

The law authorising Angola’s central bank to issue and put into circulation new kwanza banknotes, without the face of ex-President José Eduardo dos Santos, will be put to a final vote on 23 January in the Angolan parliament.

The bill that authorises the National Bank of Angola to issue and put into circulation a new Kwanza banknote family, says that the so-called “2020 series” will bring new 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000 and 10,000 kwanzas banknotes.

In the banknotes should appear only the figure of the first Angolan president, António Agostinho Neto, leaving out the face of José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Angola for 38 years.

The first plenary meeting of 2020, of Angola’s National Assembly, also inscribes the final and global vote on the proposed law on covert actions for prevention and criminal investigation purposes, and environmental conservation areas.

On 23 January, Angolan deputies will also vote on the proposal for a law to amend the Securities Code.

The proposed laws on institutions of traditional power, expropriation for public utility and civil requisition will also be put to a general vote in this plenary session, which also includes the approval of the Angolan parliament’s budget for 2020.

The parliament for the 2017-2022 legislature is composed of 220 members, 150 of whom are from the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), 51 from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), 16 from the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola – Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), two from the Social Renewal Party (PRS) and one from the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA).