Angola: presidential elections, primary results expected for tomorrow

Angola: presidential elections, primary results expected for tomorrow

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The ballots are now closed and the voting process went smoothly. The main opposition party UNITA has already cast doubt on the regularity of the vote, leveling accusations against the electoral commission

Yesterday’s presidential elections that will bring to an end Presidency of José Eduardo dos Santos (in the picture) after 38 years in power have ended without incident. According to official sources quoted by the online magazine ‘Jeune Afrique’, the primary results are expected to be announced tomorrow, August 25, 2017. Initial data released by the Luanda authorities show that by 10.30 a.m., 40 percent of those entitled to vote had already gone to the polls to cast their vote in Angola’s general elections. The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), the party of the outgoing President dos Santos, is confident in the success of its candidate, the current Defense Minister Joao Laurenco. On the other side, the main opposition party, UNITA, has already cast doubt on the fairness of the vote and has leveled accusations against the electoral commission, which rejected the documents submitted by some of its would-be candidates. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is the only international organization authorized to send observers to monitor the election process.