Wednesday 21 February 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(Bloomberg 08/28/17)
Angola’s two biggest opposition parties rejected provisional results from an Aug. 23 election that gave the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola a majority of votes. The southern African nation’s second-biggest opposition party, the Broad Consensus for Angola Salvation - Electoral Coalition, known as Casa-Ce, said in an emailed statement that the vote count lacked transparency and wasn’t based on reliable information. Its refusal to accept the outcome came after the biggest opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or Unita, said Aug. 26 that it didn’t consider the provisional results valid. The ruling MPLA won 61 percent of the ballots counted last week
(Bloomberg 08/28/17)
Angola’s main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or Unita, said on Saturday that provisional results that gave the ruling party a majority of the votes in an election earlier this week weren’t valid. "The country doesn’t yet have valid electoral results," Isaias Samakuva, the leader of Unita, said at a press conference in Viana, on the outskirts of the capital Luanda. "The country still doesn’t have a president elect." The ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, which has ruled Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975, led a provisional vote count with 61 percent with 98 percent of ballots cast counted, the National Electoral Commission said on Aug. 25. Unita...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(Bloomberg 08/25/17)
As Joao Lourenco stands on the brink of realizing his 16-year ambition to become Angola’s president, many of his fellow citizens wonder whether he can bring about change in one of the world’s most unequal countries. Lourenco, who’s commonly known as “J-Lo,” first signaled his desire to hold the southern African nation’s top office in 2001 when Jose Eduardo dos Santos hinted he was ready to step down, and then changed his mind. Now with the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola leading the latest count in Wednesday’s election, its candidate, Lourenco, appears set to move into the presidential palace overlooking the bay of Luanda, the capital. A former deputy parliamentary speaker and an army general, Lourenco, 63,...
(AFP (eng) 08/25/17)
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-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, had predicted an easy victory, but the outcome indicated a fall in its support since the previous election in 2012. Dos Santos, a secretive and much criticised...
(Quartz 08/25/17)
For the first time in 38 years, Angola is set to have a new leader—from the same old party. Provisional results announced by Angola’s electoral commission suggests that João Lourenço, the country’s erstwhile defense minister, is on track to become president. The ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) holds a seemingly unassailable 64.5% share of the vote, with over 70% of ballots counted. (The top candidate of the winning party becomes president.) The MPLA’s apparent victory extends the party’s dominance of Angolan politics. It has ruled the country since its independence from Portugal in 1975. Despite opposition parties’ hopes of an unlikely victory, UNITA and CASA-CE, the country’s main opposition parties, have jointly managed slightly more than...
(Xinhuanet 08/25/17)
The Angolan and Mozambique are playing this Friday in the quarterfinals of the ongoing FIBA Women's AfroBasket 2017 in the Malian capital of Bamako. The Angolan women finished unbeaten in the group stage with five wins, hoping to extend their winning streak and qualify for the semifinals with an eye on the final and ultimately the crown like they did six years ago in Bamako. En route to the elimination stage, the Angolans finished in the top position of group A with 10 points, following their five victories against Cameroon (78-56), Mali (68-59), Tunisia (62-55) Cote d'Ivoire 70-62) and CAR (96-58). While Mozambique placed in fourth in Group B with seven points, as result of three defeats to Nigeria (69-80),...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/24/17)
Angola's ruling MPLA party said it was on track to win a two-thirds parliamentary majority, based on its own numbers, as votes were still being tallied ahead of an expected release of official results later on Thursday. Angola, home to sub-Saharan Africa's third-largest economy, held a smooth national election on Wednesday with the MPLA's former defense minister Joao Lourenco expected to be voted in as the OPEC-member's first new president for 38 years. In Angola, political parties are allowed to observe the elections by posting party members at every polling station
(AFP (eng) 08/24/17)
Angolans on Thursday awaited results from an election to chose a successor to President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, a secretive and much-criticised leader stepping down after 38 years in power. The electoral commission was expected to release first partial results later Thursday, with the ruling MPLA widely predicted to retain power and install its candidate Joao Lourenco as president. The MPLA, which has ruled since Angola's hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, was quick to claim it was heading for victory, but the party could suffer a fall in support due to the county's economic woes. "The (voting) process proceeded normally," electoral commission chief Andre da Silva Neto told reporters a day after the election. "We are satisfied with the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/24/17)
Angola's ruling MPLA party said it would win an unequivocal victory in a parliamentary election as votes were tallied ahead of the expected release of partial results later on Thursday. Angola, home to sub-Saharan Africa's third-largest economy, held a smooth national election on Wednesday with the MPLA's former defense minister Joao Lourenco expected to be voted in as the OPEC-member's first new president for 38 years. "The victory of the MPLA is unequivocal, practically inescapable. We hope that in the next hours we can already start announcing the numbers,” João Martins, MPLA secretary for political and electoral affairs, told reporters late on Wednesday. Lourenço, a quiet 63-year-old more used to army barracks and the closed doors of party politics than...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
International observers highlighted the civism and orderly manner shown by voters Wednesday at the polling stations in Angola's Luanda province, under the general election held on August 23 countrywide. This assessment was presented to the press by the head of the Observation Mission of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), South Africa's Miriam Resohoketsoe Keneiloe Saohatse, two hours after the closing of the polling stations. They expressed the opinion that the success of the voting process on Wednesday is due to the good work of the National Electoral Commission (CNE). According to her, the observers could learn various lessons from monitoring the voting process Wednesday.
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
Angola delays vote to Aug. 26 in 15 polling centers in parts of the country, Julia Ferreira, spokeswoman for National Elections Commission announced on Thursday. "In general terms, voting is extremely satisfying," Ferreira said, adding logistic reasons and bad weather have hampered distribution efforts of voting equipment to remote areas of three provinces of Lunda-Norte, Moxico and Benguela. Most polls closed on time, by 7 p.m. local time Wednesday in landmark election that will see the departure of long-time serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos who has been in power since 1979 in Africa's second biggest oil producer. Voting is still underway and preliminary results for Wednesday vote are expected to be announced Thursday while final results will be reported...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(AfricaNews 08/23/17)
Two former presidents of the small island nation of Sao Tome and Principe have predicted a problem-free election on Wednesday in Angola. Manuel Pinto da Costa and Miguel Trovoada are in Angola as part of the observer mission from the nine-member Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries (CPLP). The mission is led by Miguel Trovoada who served as Sao Tome and Principe president till 1995 and later the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Trovoada told the media that the electoral process so far is going well and the events leading to the elections have been undertaken peacefully, the Angolan news agency reported on Tuesday. He added that the observer mission...
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
The likely next president of Angola, Joao Lourenco, is a ruling-party loyalist andformer general who endured several years out of favour after he angled for the top job in the 1990s. Since then, Lourenco, 63, has convinced key regime players he is the right man to succeed President 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 as defence minister until last month, Lourenco is "part of the inner circle of power", according to Didier Peclard, an Angola specialist at the University of Geneva. In February, Dos Santos named Lourenco the party's presidential candidate for Wednesday's general election.
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
Angolans cast their ballots Wednesday in an election marking the end of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos's 38-year reign, with his MPLA party set to retain power despite an economic crisis. The MPLA, which has ruled since Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975, is expected to defeat opposition parties, which are stifled by Dos Santos's authoritarian regime. Dos Santos's unexpected retirement -- reportedly prompted by poor health -- has triggered the biggest political transition in decades for Angola, a leading oil exporter in Africa. His chosen successor however is Defence Minister Joao Lourenco, a loyalist expected to avoid immediate change in a government often criticised for corruption...
(AFP (eng) 08/23/17)
When Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos steps down and his successor is chosen in 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. Now aged 74 and reportedly in poor health, Dos Santos became president in 1979, making him Africa's second-longest-serving leader -- one month shy of Equatorial Guinea's Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Until the 27-year civil war ended in 2002, Dos Santos presided over a country torn apart by conflict as his People's Movement...
(Bloomberg 08/23/17)
Angolans began voting in an election that will bring about the first leadership change in almost four decades for Africa’s second-biggest oil producer. “D-day has arrived,” Domingos Francisco said Wednesday as he stood in line behind dozens of voters outside one of a handful of blue tents that are being used as polling stations in the Rangel neighborhood in Luanda, the capital. “I arrived at 5 a.m. because I was anxious to vote.” Balloting started at 7 a.m. and is scheduled to end at 6 p.m. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, Africa’s second-longest serving ruler who led Angola through a civil war, an oil-fueled boom and a bust, is stepping down after 38 years in power. Defense Minister Joao Lourenco, the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/17)
Angolans headed to the polls on Wednesday in a parliamentary election expected to usher in the ruling party's defense minister as the first new leader of Africa's second-biggest oil producer for 38 years. Joao Lourenco, who has pledged to boost growth and fight corruption, would inherit an economy mired in recession as gaping inequality, soaring inflation and high unemployment squeeze poor Angolans who have benefited little from a decades-long oil boom. The People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) is expected to remain in power but with a reduced majority. Its support has waned due to widespread political cronyism, though many Angolans remain loyal to the party that emerged victorious from 27 years of civil war in 2002. "I've...

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