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TC: United Patriotic Front prevented from running for election or carrying out party political acts

The director of the political parties office of the Constitutional Court (TC) of Angola said this Monday that the United Patriotic Front (FPU), a platform that brings together opposition parties and movements, cannot run for general elections or carry out political party acts.


According to Mauro Alexandre, who was speaking to journalists on the sidelines of a training seminar for media professionals on the electoral process, in the context of the general elections scheduled for August, the FPU does not meet the legal requirements to present a candidacy as it is not an entity nor a coalition, since for that purpose it would have to be noted (recognized) by the TC.

"Under the terms of the constitution and the law, only political parties and coalitions that are legally constituted and that are registered with the Constitutional Court can apply for general elections", said the jurist and responsible for the office of political parties at the TC.

The FPU, which is headed by the president of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), Adalberto da Costa Júnior, the president of the Democratic Bloc, Filomeno Vieira Lopes, and the leader of the PRA JÁ-Servir Angola political project, Abel Chivukuvuku, launched on October 5, 2021, presents itself as an 'ad-hoc' movement that unites opposition forces for democratic alternation.

Angola, governed since independence in 1975 by the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), is scheduled for general elections, for the fifth time in its history, in August 2022.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

"This movement of citizens (...) that has presented itself publicly is not, in the eyes of the TC, a legal entity of its own and as such does not exist in legal-legal terms, so it cannot present the candidacy", he justified.

For the same reason, it cannot carry out party-political actions or activities, which are reserved for political parties.

"In terms of campaign and pre-electoral campaign, only political parties, coalitions of political parties can do so, without prejudice to certain citizens who so understand and want to join these political forces", detailed the jurist.

Mauro Alexandre also stated that as the FPU is not registered in the Constitutional Court, it cannot, through symbols or acronyms, appear publicly and promote political activities "under penalty of confusing the electorate".

The same official added that this platform can even incur a crime, for carrying out political-party activity outside the legal framework: "it can presuppose an affront to the public authority of the State (...) which can have legal consequences".

The jurist noted that the law on political parties and the Penal Code itself "establish certain legal sanctions when there is disobedience to the public authority of the State".


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