An­gola poll re­sults valid: Con­court

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - World News -

LUANDA. — The An­golan Con­sti­tu­tional Court on Wed­nes­day dis­missed an elec­tion pe­ti­tion chal­leng­ing the out­come of the Au­gust 23 vote.

The court said af­ter as­sess­ing the case filed by the op­po­si­tion bloc, it found the re­sults of the elec­tions pub­lished by the Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion “valid”.

The elec­tions body, CNE, gave the rul­ing Pop­u­lar Move­ment for the Lib­er­a­tion of An­gola ( MPLA) over 60 per­cent of votes in its fi­nal re­sult dec­la­ra­tion last week. It is the party’s fourth straight vic­tory since the re­turn to multi-party rule in 1992.

The pro­vin­cial re­count was car­ried out within the legally es­tab­lished pe­riod and in ac­cor­dance with the pro­ce­dures pro­vided for.

In its rul­ing, the high­est ju­di­cial body in the coun­try re­jected all ap­pli­ca­tions for an­nul­ment for “ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties” filed by four op­po­si­tion par­ties.

“The pro­vin­cial re­count was car­ried out within the legally es­tab­lished pe­riod and in ac­cor­dance with the pro­ce­dures pro­vided for,” the court said.

Ac­cord­ing to its president, Rui Fer­reira, the courts stud­ied all the ap­peals of the par­ties and con­sid­ered that the elec­tions had been “free, trans­par­ent and fair”.

The fi­nal re­sults in­di­cated that the MPLA, which has ruled the coun­try since its in­de­pen­dence in 1975, gar­nered 61.07 per­cent of the vote and an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity of 150 seats in the 220-seater leg­is­la­ture.

Ac­cord­ing to the An­golan Con­sti­tu­tion, MPLA can­di­date, for­mer de­fence min­is­ter Joao Lourenço (63), must there­fore be in­au­gu­rated on Septem­ber 21 as President of the Repub­lic.

He will suc­ceed José Ed­uardo dos San­tos (75), who has de­cided to re­tire af­ter close to four decades in charge of the for­mer Por­tuguese colony.

Be­hind the MPLA, Unita (Na­tional Union for the To­tal In­de­pen­dence of An­gola) ob­tained 26.67 per­cent of the votes and 51 leg­is­la­tors, whereas the Casa- CE (Great con­ver­gence for the sal­va­tion of An­gola) ac­counted for 9.54 per­cent trans­lat­ing to 16 par­lia­men­tary seats. Two other par­ties, the PNS and the FNLA shared the last three par­lia­men­tary seats. — Africa News/ HR

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