UN chief invited to Angola’s presidential inauguration

By Arnaldo Viera | Africa Review September 18, 2017

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has been invited to the inauguration of Angolan president-elect João Lourenço on September 26 in Luanda.

State news agency Angop said Angolan ambassador to the UN had handed the invitation from President José Eduardo dos Santos to Mr Guterres.

The ruling MPLA flag bearer and former Defence minister was last week confirmed by the Constitutional Court (CC) as the winner of the Angolan presidency.

Mr Lourenço, 63, will replace President dos Santos, after 38 years in power, but extend MPLA’s 42-year rule.

The Poll Results

Mr Bornito de Sousa will at the same ceremony be inaugurated as the vice-president.

Main opposition party Unita has accepted to its 51 parliamentary seats.

Last week, the Union for the Total Independence of Angola contested the poll results and considered boycotting parliament following the CC validation of the August 23 General Election results.

“We will assume our seats in parliament to continue the democratic fight inside and outside institutions,” Unita President Isaias Samakuva said on Saturday at a press conference.

On Thursday, the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola- Electoral Coalition (Casa-Ce) also said it would take its parliamentary seats.

A Single MP

The National Electoral Commission (CNE) confirmed that MPLA had won the poll with 61.07 per cent vote and 150 MPs

Unita came second with 26.7 per cent of the votes cast and 51 MPs, while Casa-Ce was third with 9.4 per cent and 16 MPs.

Fourth was the social Renovation Party (PRS) with 1.45 per cent of the vote and two MPs, followed by the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) with 0.93 per cent and a single MP, then the National Patriotic Alliance (APN) with 0.51 per cent and no MP.

The August 23 election was Angola’s fourth since independence from Portugal in 1975 and the third since the end of the war in 2002.

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