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13 Sep 08:42 PM UTC

Angola: Court rejects election appeal September 13 /update 3

Election results affirmed by court September 13; Lourenço to be sworn in September 25

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/21/2017, 11:21 AM until 9/21/2017, 11:21 AM (Africa/Luanda).

COUNTRY/REGION Angola

Event

The constitutional court officially affirmed the results of the August 23 presidential election on Wednesday, September 13, after it rejected appeals previously filed by opposition parties. The ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) candidate, João Lourenço, will be sworn into office as president on Monday, September 25. Protests by opposition groups are possible in the days leading up to the inauguration.

Context

On September 8, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the Social Renewal Party (PRS), and the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) opposition parties officially challenged the results from the recent parliamentary elections. UNITA leaders claimed that electoral law was violated in 15 out of 18 provinces. The opposition parties called for the results to be annulled and for further investigations into how the votes were counted.

On September 6, the electoral commission confirmed the results of the August 23 general election, certifying the victory of the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party with 61 percent of the vote.

Presidential elections took place without major incident on August 23, as Angolans elected João Lourenço as a successor to longtime President Eduardo Dos Santos, both members of the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). The MPLA has been in power since Angola's independence from Portugal in 1975.

Advice

Individuals present across Angola are advised to monitor local news and to stay away from public gatherings, as violence may flare up without warning.

On a separate note, western authorities generally advise against travel to Cabinda province as well as nonessential travel to Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul provinces due to security concerns. Travel should only be considered with appropriate security protocols in place. Due to the threat of kidnapping, those present in Angola more generally are advised to keep a low profile and to remain alert for suspicious behavior and signs of surveillance. If you notice something suspicious, move immediately to safety and report the incident or situation.