Opposition Members of parliament listens during the presentation of 2015 budget
Opposition Members of parliament listens during the presentation of 2015 budget

Clerk of the National Assembly Doris Mwinga has announced that the fifth session of the eleventh National Assembly, which adjourned sine die on Friday 11th December 2015, will resume on Tuesday, 9th February 2016.

This is contained in a media statement made available to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

On December 10th through to 11th of the same month, Members of Parliament spent the entire night debating amendments to the draft constitutional amendment bill of the National Assembly of Zambia number 17 of 2015.

Several amendments to the bill were passed during the debates while others were rejected.

Those rejected included the establishment of provincial assemblies and increasing parliament by 94 nominated members of parliament.

Some of the clauses which passed include the 50 percent plus one vote, dual citizenship and the presidential running mate who would become Vice President after elections while the proposals to have cabinet appointed from outside parliament were rejected.

Early this month, President Edgar Lungu assented to the constitutional bill No 17 of 2015 which was passed by parliament during the last sitting, resulting into some parts of the new constitution being actualised.

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