Mauritania: appointment of four new members of the Constitutional Council

The Presidency of the Republic of Mauritania published on Tuesday, December 14 a decree appointing four new members of the Constitutional Council. They are :

Ms. Hawa Tandia, and Messrs: Ikebrou ould Mohamed Sedik, Ghali Mahmoud Abeïd and Bilal Dick

As a reminder, "the Constitutional Council has nine (9) members, whose mandate lasts nine (9) years and is not renewable. The Constitutional Council is renewed by thirds (1/3) every three years. Four members are appointed by the President of the Republic, three by the President of the National Assembly and two by the President of the Senate. The members of the Constitutional Council must be at least thirty-five (35) years old. ... "

Visit of the President of the CJCA in Algiers

ALGIERS- The President of the Constitutional Court, Omar Belhadj affirmed, on December 1 in Algiers, the commitment of Algeria to continue its full support to the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA), describing this body as an "achievement" for the Constitutional Justice and the judiciary in Africa.

Mr. Belhadj who received his Angolan counterpart and President of the CJCA, Laurinda Cardoso on a working visit to Algeria, stressed the commitment of Algeria to "continue its full support" to the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA).

"Algeria will always remain faithful to its commitment to consolidate this African institution," said Belhadj, who recalled that Algeria housed the permanent headquarters of this body and was the origin of the initiative to create this building in accordance with its principle, namely to federate Africans in the best interests of our countries, highlighting "the role of these institutions in the development of the African constitutional justice system.

The meeting was attended by the member of the Court, Laila Asslaoui, the permanent SG of the CJCA, Moussa Laraba and the chief of staff of the Constitutional Court

Guinea Bissau, election of a new President of the Supreme Court of Justice

The judge - Councillor José Pedro Sambu was elected this Friday, December 10th, new President of the Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau, replacing Mamadú Saido Baldé, who died last August, following a complication due to Covid.

Out of an electoral body composed of 12 judges, 8 voted for Mr. Sambu, the two other candidates did not obtain any vote, four other judges did not participate in the vote.

The new President is a graduate of the Faculty of Law of Bissau and was elected President of the National Electoral Commission (CNE) of Guinea-Bissau in February 2021.

The Supreme Court of Justice of Guinea Bissau is a founding member of the CJCA, since 2011.

Algeria: The members of the new Constitutional Court known

President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed presidential decrees on the Constitutional Court,
"Pursuant to Articles 91 paragraph 7, 186 and 188 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Minister of National Defense, Mr. Abdelmadjid Tebboune has signed presidential decrees on the composition of the Constitutional Court:  

1-Appointed on behalf of the President of the Republic: 
-Mr. Omar Belhadj, President 
-Ms. Leila Aslaoui, member 
-Mr Bahri Saadallah, member  
-Mr. Mesbah Menas, member 
 
2- Elected in the name of the judiciary: 
-Mr. Djilali Miloudi, member (Supreme Court)
-Mr. Amal Eddine Boulenouar, member (State Council)

3- Elected as professors of Constitutional Law at the national level:
-Mrs. Fatiha Benabbou, member 
-Mr Abdelouaheb Khrif, member 
-Mr Abbas Ammar, member 
-Mr Abdelhafidh Oussoukine, member 
-Mr Omar Boudiaf, member 
-Mr Mohamed Boufertas, member ".

Mozambique to host the 3rd International Symposium of the CJCA

The 3rd International Symposium of the Conference of African Constitutional Courts (CJCA), organized in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), on the theme "Electoral Process: Transparency, Inclusion and Integrity" and held in Maputo - Mozambique,

on October 14 and 15, 2021 brought together the Presidents of the Supreme Courts and Constitutional Courts and Councils of Algeria, Angola, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Mali, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the Representative of the African Union, present in Maputo as well as members of other jurisdictions from Benin, Burundi, Comoros, Cote d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Mauritania, Morocco, Rwanda, Senegal, South Sudan, Togo, and the President of the Venice Commission, having participated online.

The Symposium was enhanced by the presence of the President of the Republic of Mozambique who delivered a speech at the opening session.

The papers will be published in a special issue of the "Revista Concelho Constitutcional da Mocambique", which will be released on November 4, and which will be dedicated to this event.

Celebration of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the CJCA

The CJCA and the Constitutional Council of Algeria, will co-organize on December 1st and 2nd, 2021, in Algiers an international colloquium on the theme: "The CJCA, ten years of existence: assessment and prospects" marking the celebration of the tenth anniversary of the creation of the CJCA in 2011 in Algiers.

This celebration will be an opportunity for the CJCA to take stock by visiting its past and present, but also to project itself into the future by studying its prospects for evolution. 

All the presidents who succeeded each other at the head of the CJCA will be invited to testify about their experiences and share their future visions of this space.

Maputo hosts the 3rd International Symposium of CJCA

The CJCA and the Constitutional Council of Mozambique will co-organize the 3rd International Symposium in Maputo from October 14 to 16, 2021, on the theme "<<Electoral Justice: Transparency, Inclusiveness and Integrity of the Process".

As a reminder, the CJCA holds a Symposium between two Congresses. The first was held, in Cotonou in 2013 on the theme: "The constitutional judge and political power" and the second took place, in Algiers in 2017, on the theme: "Access of individuals to constitutional justice".

New President of the TC of Angola and the CJCA

The Angolan president appointed on August 19, 2021, Judge Counselor Laurinda Jacinto Prazeres Cardoso as president of the Constitutional Tribunal. Ms. Laurinda Cardoso had served as Secretary of State for Territorial Administration in April 2020.

The vacancy in the CT comes after the former president, Mr. Manuel Aragão, appointed to the position in 2017, left the post at his request.

Marital status:
Married, two children.

Academic background

- Bachelor's degree in Law, legal option - Economics from the Faculty of Law of the Universidade Agostinho Neto, Angola.
- Certified for the preparation of professional qualifications by MAPESS.
- Post-graduation in Law and Business at the Faculty of Law of Universidade Agostinho Neto in cooperation with the University of Coimbra.

Professional career

- October 2020 - Secretary of State for Territorial Administration.

LANGUAGES: Portuguese, English and French.