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“Restless” with swearing in, opposition prepares demonstrations

The opposition expressed this Thursday “unease” over the appointment of dates for the investiture of the President of the Republic without validation of the electoral results and announced the creation of a working group to convene demonstrations that express “the repulsion” of voters.


The communiqué signed by five opposition parties (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, UNITA; Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition, CASA-CE; Social Renewal Party, PRS; National Front for the Liberation of Angola, FNLA; and Bloco Democrático), stresses that they are following the case with the Constitutional Court (TC), in view of the appeals to contest the official results and hope that it will play its role "in a patriotic and competent manner", seeking to "distinguish itself from the shameful and servile position" of the National Electoral Commission (CNE).

The parties stress that they opportunely denounced the irregularities practiced by this body and the serious anomalies in the results announced by the CNE, proposing the comparison of the minutes signed by the list delegates and assuming "the right to continue the litigation in other instances".

They also expressed concern about the fact that a program for the investiture of the President and Vice-President of the Republic is underway "with scheduled dates and public institutions involved, without the definitive validation of the electoral results by the TC, which shows a subordination of Organs judicial bodies to the party/State".

The subscribers also claim to be attentive "to the clamor and sentiment of the population", so they decided to create a working group "to study the framework and conditions for the organization and convening of demonstrations as an expression of the feeling of repulsion of the voting citizens".

These manifestations, they emphasize, will have "a strictly peaceful and orderly character", taking place in coordination with public order bodies and "fit in the spirit of the constitutional order, the law and the public interest".

The Angolan armed forces raised the state of combat readiness from Sunday until 20 September to avoid incidents that "disturb public order and tranquility".

During this period, security measures for the main economic and strategic objectives and State institutions, control of the movement of military columns and restrictions on the departure of military aircraft will be reinforced.

The military police, in cooperation with the national police, must also intensify vehicle and foot patrols in urban and suburban centers, with a view to collecting personnel and military vehicles that contravene the provisions contained in the order.

Columns of military and police vehicles, with armored cars, have circulated on the main access roads to Luanda, giving visibility to the military orders.

Last week, CNE President Manuel Pereira da Silva released the final tabulation minutes of the August 24 general elections and proclaimed the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and its candidate, the outgoing President, 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 90 deputies, almost double the 2017 elections.

The PRS won two seats in parliament by adding 1.14 percent of voters' votes, the same number of deputies that won the 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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