Angola

Luanda (AFP) Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 38-year reign over Angola finally came to an end Tuesday when his hand-picked successor Joao Lourenco was inaugurated as president at a ceremony in Luanda. Lourenco read an oath in which he vowed “on my honour to devote myself” to the role of president, as he took power after the ruling MPLA party won last month’s election. Dos Santos, who was at the ceremony but is reportedly in poor health, surprised many by announcing his retirement earlier this year, saying he would not beRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola’s constitutional court on Wednesday upheld the ruling party’s landslide win in last month’s election which will usher in the MPLA’s fourth decade in power and rejected opposition claims the poll was flawed. The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola won 61.7 percent of the vote, and 150 of the 220 seats in parliament, the country’s electoral commission said in its final results. President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, 75, who has ruled since 1979 and is reportedly in poor health, will hand over to former defenceRead More
Luanda (AFP) Three Angolan opposition parties on Friday filed a complaint against the outcome of nationwide elections on August 23 that asserted the 42-year grip of the ruling MPLA party. Representatives from the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and two smaller parties, the FNLA and PNS, lodged a request at the Constitutional Court in Luanda for the results to be overturned, AFP reporters saw. A fourth party, Casa-CE, will follow suit on Saturday, party officials said. UNITA campaign manager Ruben Sikato said electoral laws had beenRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola’s Electoral Commission declared Wednesday that the ruling MPLA party had won last month’s election, in a victory that allows outgoing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to install a party loyalist in his place after 38 years in power. The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) garnered 61.7 percent of the vote, and 150 of the 220 seats in parliament, the head of the CNE electoral commission, Andre da Silva Neto, said in announcing the final results. Dos Santos, 75, who has ruled since 1979 andRead More
Luanda (AFP) Four opposition parties in Angola on Sunday called for a recount in last month’s general election, alleging “irregularities” during the vote that kept the ruling party in power. The MPLA of outgoing President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos won just over 61 percent of the vote in the August 23 poll and an absolute majority with 150 of parliament’s 220 seats, according to a provisional count. The commission is due to release official results on Wednesday. Isaias Samakuva, head of the National Union for the Total Independence of AngolaRead More
Luanda (AFP) One of Angola’s main opposition parties plans to contest the results of last week’s general election, alleging unfair conduct during the vote that kept the ruling party of former president Jose Eduardo Dos Santos in power. The ruling MPLA party won just over 61 percent of the votes cast on Wednesday and about 150 of the 220 seats in Parliament, according to election commission officials, which would put a Dos Santos loyalist, Joao Lourenco, in the presidency. But the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA)Read More
Luanda (AFP) The election victory of Angola’s ruling MPLA party was confirmed Friday despite angry complaints from opposition parties, as almost all votes were counted and poll observers backed the outcome. Joao Lourenco, candidate for the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), is set to succeed veteran President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos as head of the oil-rich country. Dos Santos, who is reportedly in poor health, announced his surprise retirement earlier this year, signalling the end of his 38-year reign. The MPLA, which has ruled since Angola’s hard-foughtRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola’s ruling MPLA won this week’s election, a poll official announced Thursday, with party candidate Joao Lourenco now set to succeed President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who has ruled for 38 years. An election commission official in Luanda said the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) had won just over 64 percent of the ballot. The partial results from Wednesday’s vote account for two-thirds of all polling stations, with the MPLA building an unassailable lead over its rivals. The party, which has ruled since Angola’s hard-foughtRead More
Luanda (AFP) Angola’s new president, Joao Lourenco who will be sworn in Tuesday, is a former general who spent several years in the political wilderness after angling for the top job in the 1990s. Since then, Lourenco, 63, convinced key regime players he was the right man to succeed Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has ruled the oil-rich southwest African nation for 38 years. As the deputy president of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) — and defence minister until July — Lourenco is now “part ofRead More
LUANDA (AFP) When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down after Wednesday’s elections, it will bring to an end a 38-year reign dominated by his unrelenting authoritarian style. Though seldom seen in public, he has been a looming presence in daily life for as long as most Angolans can remember, maintaining fierce control over the country throughout its devastating civil war and recent oil boom. Dos Santos first became president in 1979, making him Africa’s second-longest-serving leader — one month shy of Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Now agedRead More