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Angola: Agency Confirms Angola Ruling Party’s Poll Victory

The National Electoral Commission (CNE) Wednesday confirmed the victory of the ruling MPLA party in Angola’s August 23 General Election.

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Angola's National Electoral Commission (CNE)

Angola’s National Electoral Commission (CNE) chief Andre da Silva Neto. ARNALDO VIEIRA | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

CNE chief Andre da Silva Neto announced that the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola won with 61.07 per cent vote and 150 MPs.

Consequently, the MPLA flag-bearer and former Defence minister João Lourenço, is expected to be sworn-in on September 21, marking the end of Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 38-year presidency.

The Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita) came second with 26.7 per cent of the votes cast and 51 MPs.

The Board Convergence for Angolan Salvation- Electoral Coalition (Casa-Ce) was the third with 9.4 per cent and 16 MPs.

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Fourth was the Social Renovation Party (PRS), with 1.45 per cent of the vote and two MPs, followed by 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.

Four political parties on Sunday disputed the MPLA victory, according to the provisional results, and vowed to unite to challenge the poll outcome.

The parties said in a statement that the provisional results were illegal and unconstitutional.

However, CNE spokesperson Júlia Ferreira dismissed the opposition claims as unfounded, untimely and illegitimate.

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She promised a more careful analysis of the claims.

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

MPLA has dominated the Angolan politics since independence.

It won the elections in 1992, 2008 and 2012, with a parliamentary majority.

In 2012, MPLA secured 74 per cent of the vote against Unita’s 18 per cent. Casa-Ce emerged third with 6 per cent vote.

Angola considers up to 10 years in prison for abortions

Johannesburg – Angola’s parliament votes next week on a proposal to imprison for up to 10 years women who have abortions and people who perform them, angering the president’s daughter and others in the former Portuguese colony.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch are urging authorities to allow a protest on Saturday in the capital, Luanda, calling on the country to decriminalise abortion, saying organisers have informed Governor Higinio Carneiro but received no reply.

“We have often seen Angolan police use unnecessary and excessive force against peaceful demonstrators,” said Deprose Muchena, Amnesty International’s regional director for Southern Africa.

The rights groups’ statement released on Friday says lawmakers are seeking to replace the country’s criminal code that dates to 1886.

The draft code offers no exceptions to the punishments for those who have or perform abortions. Angola’s government had proposed exceptions in cases of rape or when the mother’s health is in danger, but parliament rejected it, the rights groups said.

Parliament is expected to vote on the criminal code March 23.

Abortion is already illegal in Angola, but the proposed code would change the punishment for it.

The debate over the issue has been vocal in the southern African nation. The president’s daughter, Isabel dos Santos, has come out against the proposed punishments, news website Rede Angola reported on Wednesday.

Dos Santos, said to be Africa’s richest woman, shared images on her Instagram account that included the phrase “I say no to the criminalisation of women,” the website reported.

A spokesperson for Angola’s Catholic community, Manuel Imbamba, told the Portuguese news agency Lusa earlier this week that the church regretted the “banalisation” of the issue as protest organisers moved ahead with their plans.

Angola has one of the world’s weakest health care systems despite being one of Africa’s leading oil producers.

Almost all countries in sub-Saharan Africa allow abortions when the mother is in danger, while 33% allow abortions in cases of rape or incest, the Pew Research Center reported in late 2015.

Only South Africa and Cape Verde allow abortions for any reason, it said.

Story originally published on News24.com