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Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:42 - Updated Fri, 08 Nov 2019 12:42

Angolan President recognizes merit in fight against corruption

Luanda - The Angolan President, João Lourenço, recognised on Thursday in Luanda the merit of those dedicated to denouncing suspect cases of corruption.

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Journalist and human rights activist Rafael Marques

Photo: Pedro Parente

President João Lourenço distinguishes journalist and social activist Rafael Marques

Photo: Pedro Parente

The president, who was speaking at the end of the decoration ceremony - in which the Angolan investigation journalist and human rights defender  Rafael Marques, among other individualities were honoured - admitted the fact that the distinction might lead to different reactions and  interpretations, taking into consideration the stereotype created all over these years, when corruption was seen as normal.

João Lourenço decorated on Thursday various Angolan and foreign personalities, athletes, institutions and others.

In the Presidential Palace there were citizens of relevant trajectory, decisive for Angola's rebuilding efforts, people who have stood out in the arts, culture, science, entrepreneurship, sport and also social activism.

According to Luís Fernando, the president’s secretary for Institutional Communication and Press Affairs, the award of honours represents the act of a reconciled and inclusive country.

“The ceremony, in some of the aspects, will allow us to understand the differentiated manner in which the President of the Republic marks his management, term in office, whereby he makes clear his commitment towards an Angola for all, a society in which merit comes always before any choice”, he said.

With this act, Luis Fernando said that “the society will understand signs of clear determination of a President who wants a society truly open, democratic, a reconciled country for which inclusion is the right way, above the fractures of the past or the issues that separated and divided Angolans”.

This is the second time that President João Lourenço distinguishes different Angolan personalities.

In 2018, João Lourenço awarded honours to civil and military personalities, some posthumously, in recognition of their contribution to the achievement and preservation of the National Independence, as well as peace and democracy.

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