Angola: main opposition party rejects the results of the elections

    The main opposition party in Angola, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), rejected this Friday the provisional results of the general elections held on August 24, which gave victory to the party. of President João Lourenço.

    "There is not the slightest doubt that the MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) did not win the elections on the 24th," opposition leader Adalberto Costa Júnior told reporters at his party's headquarters in Luanda, the Angolan capital.

    "The MPLA did not win the elections, so UNITA does not recognize the provisional results of the National Electoral Commission (CNE)," he added, referring to a "confusion" of this body in the counting of the votes.

    According to the calculation carried out by the opposition party, UNITA would have at least three more seats in Parliament than those announced.

    The CNE spokesman, Lucas Quilundo, announced this Friday that they received a complaint from UNITA about the disclosure of the results, but that they rejected it because "the request was submitted irregularly" and the "legal grounds were not in accordance with what the law establishes."

    In addition, the Social Renewal Party (PRS), which came third with 1.13% of the votes (two seats), declared this Friday that "the results published by the CNE do not reflect the vote of the Angolan people" and admitted the possibility of challenging the results before the Constitutional Court.

    The electoral commission announced this Thursday the provisional results after counting 97.03% of the votes that give victory with 51.07% to the MPLA, more than 3.16 million votes that give them 124 of the 220 seats of the National Assembly.

    UNITA was in second position with 44.05%, with just over 2.72 million votes, which translates into 90 seats, the best result in its history.

    According to the Angolan Constitution, the leader of the party that wins the most seats automatically becomes the President of the Republic.

    These figures, pending completion of the count and approval by the Constitutional Court, give Lourenço his second consecutive five-year term and extend the hegemony of the MPLA, the only party that has led Angola since its independence from Portugal in 1975.

    However, the MPLA suffers a notable setback compared to the 2017 elections, when it won 61.1% of the votes (150 seats).

    Angola held this Wednesday in calm the general elections considered the most competitive since the introduction of the multi-party democratic system in 1992.

    With a Marxist and nationalist orientation, the government party waged a civil war with UNITA from 1975 to 2002 in which Lourenço came to fight, unlike his opponent, who did not participate in the armed conflict.

    These elections also stand out for being the first without the historic former president José Eduardo Dos Santos, who was succeeded by Lourenço in 2017 as head of state.

    Dos Santos, who ruled Angola with an iron fist for nearly four decades and was accused by his detractors of creating one of the most corrupt regimes in Africa, died last July in Barcelona at the age of 79.

    SOURCE [Translated from Spanish]

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