Delegates want diplomats to be ratified by Parliament

DELEGATES at the national convention have introduced and adopted a clause that requires diplomatic appointees to be ratified by the National Assembly.

And the delegates have rejected a proposal to include the minimum of a university degree among the qualifications of a presidential candidate.

When considering an article that talks about the executive functions of a president, the delegates, through a thematic group on Executive and Legislature, added a clause that the National Assembly ratifies diplomatic appointments.

Article 90 (2) states that: “Without limiting clause (1) and the other provisions of this Constitution, the President shall – (b) accredit and appoint ambassadors, high commissioners, plenipotentiaries, diplomatic representatives and consuls.”

But the group presented to the convention a proposal that: “Ambassadors, High Commissioners, plenipotentiaries are subject to National Assembly ratification.