Opposition in Portugal opposed to Equatorial Guinea in the CPLP

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Some info from here in Portuguese (from Deutsche Welle):

The government in Lisbon is being pressed in Parliament to boycott the accession of Equatorial Guinea to the CPLP (Community of Portuguese Language Countries) and to now yield to economic interests.

The controversial admission of Equatorial Guinea as a member of the CPLP has led the Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda, BE) to present in Parliament on Tuesday a resolution recommending that the government reject the accession of the country due to being "repressive and corrupt."

"It would be a double-wrong decision, for lack of both linguistic and democratic requirements" says the resolution, as well as that an eventual accession would be "a huge discredit" to the CPLP.

An eventual accession of Equatorial Guinea to the CPLP requires the unanimous approval of the heads of state and government of the organization.

The decision of the Portuguese government is dependent on the report that the organization will present at the summit in Maputo (capital of Mozambique), scheduled for July...Mozambique will be assuming the rotating presidency of the organization at the same time.

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