AU lauds Angola’s peaceful polls

Harare  – The African Union Commission (AUC) on Tuesday commended Angola for holding historic and peaceful elections last week which were won by the ruling Movement of People for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA.)

The MPLA won 61.1 percent of the votes, translating to about 150 out of 220 seats in the National Assembly.

Former Defense Minister Joao Lourenco is set to become the new leader, replacing President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who is stepping down after 38 years in power.

The opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) is, however, challenging the poll results, alleging irregularities.

AU chairperson Moussa Mahamat lauded the southern African country for having peacefully conducted the polls.

“The Chairperson would like to congratulate the people of Angola for turning out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right to choose their leaders,” the AUC said.

“He commends the smooth organisation of the polls and wishes to extend his appreciation to the political parties, candidates and the electorate in general for conducting themselves peacefully throughout the electoral process.”

The AUC urged all political parties in the country to “continue exercising the commitment to peace and democracy”.

“He implores them to resolve any disputes arising from the outcome of the elections through legally established channels,” it said. – New Ziana.

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