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UNITA leader promises not to abandon those who voted for the party

The leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) promised on Thursday night that he would not abandon those who voted for the party and reaffirmed that he does not recognize the official election results of 24 August.


"UNITA and its president have not abandoned those who trusted their vote to the alternation", affirmed Adalberto Costa Júnior, in a statement released shortly before midnight local time.

On Monday, the National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced the final results that gave a victory, with an absolute majority, to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), a result contested by UNITA.

In his statement to the country, Adalberto Costa Júnior said that UNITA has kept silent about the process because processes related "with electoral disputes, whose deadlines are currently in execution and provided for by law", are underway, referring to the complaints at CNE.

UNITA demands that the CNE compare the minutes of polling stations in its possession with the minutes held by the parties, contesting the fact that the authorities did not even indicate the data relating to the polling stations, which allowed the final accounting.

The largest opposition party has made a parallel count from the summary minutes collected by its delegates, "a sensitive and complex process that is now in its final phase".

"We will do everything to ensure that all votes are effectively counted and respected", said Adalberto Costa Júnior, adding: "We are together, the Angolan people, united by the same common cause, scrupulous respect for electoral truth for an Angola for all".

"In recent days, we have held talks with ambassadors from member countries of the United Nations Security Council, with other countries with a relevant relationship with Angola and with heads of reputable civil society institutions and other respected personalities", explained Adalberto Costa Júnior, justifying the party silence.

Today "we have much more data than we had a week ago and that on August 24 the people voted for change, so UNITA and its partners in the United Patriotic Front do not recognize the final results published this week by the National Electoral Commission, because these do not reflect the electoral truth", he added.

But now, the UNITA leader hopes that the "National Electoral Commission, as well as the Constitutional Court, truly perform their functions in strict respect for the Constitution and the laws and that the National Electoral Commission does not shy away from comparing the minutes in its possession with copies of the minutes held by political parties".

"I reaffirm that the MPLA did not win the elections of the 24th of August", he said, stressing that Angola needs "to embrace a true democratic and lawful State, with a free and plural press, distinct from the practice of censorship, propaganda and the lack of of the contradictory that every day continue to attack all Angolans".


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