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Elections: Adalberto Costa Júnior takes victory for the first time

The leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) claimed victory in the elections for the first time, through his Twitter account, promising to defend the “sovereignty of the people and their vote”.


"Angolans, UNITA won the elections! We are going to defend the sovereignty of the people and their vote", wrote Adalberto Costa Júnior, challenging the National Electoral Commission (CNE) to compare the minutes it has with those it gave to opposition parties and reiterating that does not accept the published results.

The publication of Adalberto da Costa Júnior on Twitter was made at 00:22 am, shortly after he released a video statement, in which he also expressed himself on the results of the general elections held on August 24, but without proclaiming victory.

In that statement, the UNITA leader promised that he will not abandon those who voted for the party and justified the silence that his political formation has maintained on the subject with the processes related "with electoral disputes, whose deadlines are ongoing and provided for by law", referring to the complaints in the 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", according to Adalberto Costa Júnior.

"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 United Patriotic Front partners do not recognize the definitive results published this week by the National Electoral Commission, because these do not reflect the electoral truth", said the president of UNITA, reaffirming that the MPLA did not win the elections.

Lusa tried to contact Adalberto Costa Júnior to obtain more information, but without success so far.

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.

The president of the CNE, Manuel Pereira da Silva, proclaimed the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and its candidate, João Lourenço, as winners with 51.17 percent of the votes, followed by UNITA with 43.95 percent.

With these results, the MPLA elected 124 deputies and UNITA elected 90 deputies, almost double the 2017 elections.

The Social Renewal Party (PRS) won two seats in parliament with 1.14 percent of voters' votes, and the same number of deputies won the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) and the Humanist Party of Angola (PHA). ) with 1.06 percent and 1.02 percent of votes, respectively.

The CASA-CE coalition, the APN and the P-Njango did not obtain seats in the National Assembly, which in the 2022-2027 legislature will have 220 deputies.


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