Angola by Rob Staeger

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To help run the government, the president appoints a prime minister. Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos has served in this post since 2002. The The Government of Angola prime minister represents the executive branch in the National Assembly and is in charge of coordinating the activities of Angola’s 21 ministries, which each represent an aspect of the government (such as agriculture, defense, mining, or education). Although some of the ministers report directly to the prime minister, others report to “superministers” who coordinate activities between related departments.

The United Nations recently ranked living conditions in Angola the 11th-worst in the world. The terrible poverty in Angola makes the country’s health situation extremely precarious. Forty-five percent of Angola’s children are malnourished, which weakens their immunity to diseases. In areas where the water sources are not clean or sanitation is poor, dangerous bacteria are everywhere. As a result, 25 percent of Angolan children die before their fifth birthday. The lack of medical facilities compounds the problem.

The Government of Angola The Judicial Branch The purpose of the judicial branch is to interpret Angola’s laws. The legal system in Angola is based on the Portuguese civil law system, a holdover from the colonial era. The 1992 constitutional changes included some changes to the law as well. These reflected the move from a purely communist system to one based on free markets, as well as the new rights given to political parties. The highest level of Angola’s judicial system is the Supreme Court, or Tribunal da Relação.

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