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UNITA criticizes postponement of local elections

UNITA criticized the postponement of municipal elections in the country, initially planned for this year, attributing the decision to a fear of "a historic defeat" by the ruling party.


"The Government knows that it would have a historic defeat in the municipal elections. The Government failed. The President's governance, João Lourenço, started with very high expectations, but soon became frustration, disappointment. It has no solutions to boost the economy, it has no innovative solutions. to undertake a sustainable development strategy in our country. He does not want to risk losing power through local power. It is a partisan agenda, "the president of the UNITA parliamentary group, Liberty Chiaka, told Lusa.

In the view of this party official, the executive "cannot claim the pandemic to postpone the elections", pointing out that there is "lack of political will" on the part of the country's leadership.

"The country is going to open up to large mass acts," he said, highlighting the opening of schools, churches and sports activities during the coming weeks.

"It cannot be justified that, on the one hand, society is opened up to large agglomerations, if on the other, the realization of municipalities is conditioned, presumably because conditions are not created," he said.
The parliamentary leader of UNITA also accused the Government of doing "power management".

"We are very sorry and we condemn in the strictest terms that the Government continues with a view to managing power at the expense of governance," he said.

Chiaka pointed out that the executive "must seek to govern" and that, in Angola, "unfortunately, the party agenda prevails".

The parliamentary leader of the largest opposition party addressed the presidential elections held in Malawi in June, as well as the Ivorian presidential elections scheduled for October this year.

"There are several examples of other political geographies that, in the midst of this crisis, tried not to paralyze", adding that the failure to hold municipal elections this year in Angola "is proof of the Government's incompetence".

Chiaka underlined that UNITA does not intend to "be part of a party agenda at the expense of a national agenda" and called for a joint dialogue to put "the national interest above groups".

"We are going to put pressure on the Government, we are going to put pressure on the party that is in the Government to hold local elections [elections] in 2021. Angola has already waited too long, Angolans can no longer continue to accept the postponement of their expectations due to the unwillingness of a political party that fails to fulfill national aspirations ", said the official.

On Tuesday, the members of the Council of the Republic of Angola considered, for the most part, that there are no conditions to hold the country's first municipal elections.


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