Friday 22 September 2017
(Xinhuanet 09/22/17)
Four Angola opposition parties decided on Thursday to take their seats in the National Assembly to play the democratic game. It was announced in a joint statement by the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE), Social Renewal Party (PRS) and National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA). Angola's opposition had previously challenged results of the August 23 elections, in which the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won 61 percent of the votes. According to the FNLA president, Lucas Ngonda, who read the joint statement regarding the outcome of the electoral process, the parties recognized the...
(Angola Press(En) 09/22/17)
Pope Francis sent on Wednesday a message to the Angolan President-elect, João Lourenço, congratulating him on his election and hoping that the new Head of State will have success and prosperity in the destiny of the Angola. According to the message, the Holy Father also wishes to strengthen ties of fraternal coexistence, a future of peace and blessings. As President-elect, João Lourenço has already been congratulated, among others, by the US State Department, the presidents of Russia, China, Portugal, France, Brazil, Cameroon, Guinea Bissau, Botswana and Togo. He also received congratulatory messages from the Angolan embassies in Mexico, Ghana, China, Canada and the Pan-African Parliament. João Lourenço will be inaugurated on September 23.
(Sudan News Agency 09/22/17)
The President of the Republic, Field Marshal, Omer al-Bashir has sent a congratulatory message to his Angolan counterpart, Mr. Joao Lorenzo, the President of the Republic of Angola, on his election as President of his country. The President of the Republic expressed his sincere congratulations to President Lorenzo, and his wished him success and for the Angolan people for further progress and prosperity. He expressed aspiration for further joint work to promote bilateral relations in all fields.
(Angola Press(En) 09/21/17)
Luanda - The constituent meeting of the Angolan Parliament's fourth legislature, for the period 2017/2022, will take place on September 28 and will be marked by the inauguration oaths of the newly elected MPs. This was said to the press on Wednesday by the spokesperson of the meeting of the Standing Committee of the National Assembly (AN), Raul Lima. He added that on the same occasion, the speaker and vice speakers of the National Assembly, as well as the secretaries...
(Angola Press(En) 09/20/17)
Luanda - The Standing Committee of the National Assembly will on Wednesday hold a meeting in Luanda to prepare and approve the programme of institutional integration of the MPs of the IV Legislature of the 2017/2022 National Assembly, elected afterwards in the general elections of last August 23. Summoned by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, the meeting will alsodiscuss and approve the proposal of the constitutive meeting of the said legislature. The 2017-2022...
(Angola Press(En) 09/20/17)
Luanda - The President of the Republic, José Eduardo dos Santos, returned Tuesday afternoon to the country's capital, after paying a working visit to the south-eastern Cuando Cubango province, where he inaugurated the Memorial to the Victory of the Cuito Cuanavale Battle. At Luanda’s “4 de Fevereiro” International Airport, the Angolan Head of State was welcomed by the Vice-president of the Republic, Manuel Vicente, provincial governor of Luanda, Higino Carneiro and distinguished members of the Executive. built in honor of...
(Angola Press(En) 09/19/17)
President José Eduardo dos Santos left Tuesday morning for the south-eastern Cuando Cubango Province, where he will inaugurate the memorial that honours the bravery of those that fought in the renowned 1988 Cuito Cuanavale Battle against the then apartheid forces of South Africa. The Head of State was bid farewell by several members of his Executive, with highlight on the Vice President of the Republic, Manuel Domingos Vicente. The Cuito Cuanavale Battle was a decisive turning point in the war...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
The leading opposition party in Angola said Saturday its lawmakers would take their seats in parliament, withdrawing a threat to boycott the assembly to protest last month's election outcome. The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which won 27 percent of the vote, also said it was dropping its call for supporters to take to the streets against the vote that kept the country's ruling MPLA party in power. "We will sit in parliament in order to...
(AFP (eng) 09/14/17)
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...
(AFP (eng) 09/09/17)
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...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create...
(Voice of America 09/07/17)
Angola's first new president in decades has a big job ahead of him: He inherits a nation mired in recession, plagued with corruption, and home to some of the worst income inequality seen anywhere in the world. Worse still, the falling price of oil — the nation's main cash cow — means that president-elect Joao Lourenco has limited means to dig his nation out of this difficult situation. He also starts this historic epoch in Angolan history with a credibility...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
Angola’s ruling MPLA party has won a general election by taking 61.07 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday, making João Lourenço the next president of sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest economy. He will replace Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who steps down after 38 years at the helm but will continue as head of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The main opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) took 26.67 percent, with...
(AFP (eng) 09/07/17)
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 a majority of 150 of the 220 seats in parliament, the head of the electoral commission, Andre da Silva Neto, said in announcing the final...
( The Southern Times 09/05/17)
On 23 August, millions of voters in oil-rich Angola went to the polls in historic general elections in which they decided to extend the MPLA’s 42-year rule with five more years. In a definite fashion, 61.1 percent of the electorate voted for the ruling party, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The leading opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) came second with 26, 71 percent, followed by the CASA-CE coalition with...
(AFP (eng) 09/04/17)
Angola's election commission on Monday rejected accusations of irregularities in last month's vote which saw the MPLA party, which has ruled since 1975, retain power. Four defeated opposition parties complained that the August 23 election was conducted incorrectly, with ballot boxes and voter forms allegedly disappearing. Election commission chief Andre da Silva Neto told reporters that the body "categorically rejected the criticism", which he said was a deliberate "attempt to discredit the Angolan electoral process". "All the electronic tools used...
(Angola Press 09/04/17)
The National Electoral Commission (CNE) started on Saturday the national count of votes to determine the definitive results of the last August 23 general elections. Last Saturday, after holding its 30th extraordinary plenary session the National Electoral Commission (CNE), through its spokeswoman, Júlia Ferreira, informed that the latest complaints filed by the opposition UNITA party and CASA-CE coalition were dismissed by the CNE as out of date, inept, illegitimate and without competence. "Once we sort out this situation (electoral complaints) today, which were conditioning the start of the next stage of the electoral process, if we find no impediments, the CNE will then start the national count of the votes"
(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...
(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...

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