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UNITA holds XIII congress until 4 December

The main opposition party, UNITA, announced this Wednesday that its XIII Congress, in which a new leader for the party will be chosen, will be held until December 4, 2021.

: Lusa
Lusa  

The decision was taken this Wednesday at the first extraordinary meeting of the political commission of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the most important deliberative body between congresses and announced by Clarice Caputo.​​​​​​​

The agenda of this Wednesday's meeting of the political commission included several points, including the analysis of the political context, taking into account the implications of ruling 700/2021 of the Constitutional Court and ratification of various acts of the party, such as the interpretation given to the ruling and the transition of portfolios between Adalberto da Costa Júnior and Isaías Samakuva, elected at the XII Congress, who resumes the presidency until the new president takes office, to be elected at the XIII Congress.

The need to hold a new Congress was approved with 222 votes in favour, one vote against and 11 abstentions.

The First Extraordinary Meeting of the Political Commission also rejected "the interference of the Constitutional Court in the management of the internal life of the party, whose autonomy it is recognized" and mandated the party president to make the appointments of the leadership and leadership positions of the party at national level and to allow normal operation before the congress.

The scheduling of a new congress follows the annulment of the 13th Congress, in which Adalberto da Costa Júnior was elected by the Constitutional Court, which gave reason to a group of alleged militants of the "Black Rooster" party who asked for the president's removal due to alleged irregularities registered at the congress, namely the fact of having competed without giving up Portuguese nationality.

Adalberto Costa Júnior became the third president of the party, on November 15, 2019, winning more than 50 percent of the votes in a universe of 960 voters and winning four candidates: Alcides Sakala, Raul Danda (deceased this year), Kamalata Numa and José Pedro Catchiungo.

The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), a party in power for 46 years and which UNITA, the main opposition force wants to defeat in the 2022 general elections, also has a congress scheduled to choose the leader between 9 and 11 December.

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