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  • Who is Angola's next president Joao Lourenco?

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/26 Angola's Joao Lourenco will be sworn in on Tuesday as president replacing Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled the oil-rich country with an iron grip for 38 years. Who is the man who ran on the ticket of the MPLA? Joao Lourenco is considered to be a loyal party soldier - a man who has always been ready to take on better responsibility in the governing People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA). He served as governor in several provinces of Angola, and between 1992 and 1997 he was responsible for propaganda in the MPLA's Politburo. Later, he served as the party's secretary-general for several years.
  • Angola's Elections Trigger a Crisis of Legitimacy

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/11 As the presidential electoral results in Kenya were being overturned last week by the country's highest court, the post-election crisis in Angola continued to deepen. The opposition lacks legal avenues for recourse and the government is scrambling to hide its crisis of legitimacy. The 23 August elections marked a turning point in the country's political order. It is the biggest challenge the governing People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has faced since the end of the war in 2002 at the same time as it installed a system of unchecked and unchallenged hegemony.
  • Angolan opposition parties formally challenge election results in court

    ANGOLA, 2017/09/10 Three out of the five Angolan opposition parties that contested in the August 23 elections have filed formal appeals at the Constitutional Court demanding the annulment of the results that secured massive victory for the ruling MPLA party. The three parties, inclunding the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), the FNLA and the PRS, filed their petitions on Friday alleging widespread irregularities, AFP reports.
  • Angola: Elections / 2017 - Provisional Data Point Out Qualified Majority for MPLA

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/26 The MPLA secretary for Political and Electoral Affairs, João Martins, said on Thursday in Luanda that his party has presently secured a qualified majority resulting from the general elections held on Wednesday. Speaking to the press, he said that at a time at the same time as additional than five million voters were being screened, out of additional than nine million voters, the MPLA can ensure that it has a qualified majority.
  • 2017 elections likely to worsen Congo’s political crisis

    CONGO BRAZZAVILLE, 2017/07/17 Rather than pushing ahead with flawed elections, a strategy is needed to break the cycle of electoral violence in Congo The Republic of the Congo will proceed with legislative and local elections on 16 July despite complex political and economic challenges, and an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Pool region in the south-east of the country. With some opposition leaders and their aides in jail, proceeding with elections presently will reduce the likelihood that they are free, equitable and credible. The hardline opposition parties’ boycott of the elections has further delegitimised the process, at a time at the same time as exactly the opposite is needed.
  • Santos passes baton to Angola’s defence chief

    ANGOLA, 2016/12/11 Angola formally announced the end of President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ controversial 37-year rule, and named a successor to lead the ailing African oil-producing country.
  • Deja vu in Congo as President Kabila clings to power

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2016/10/03 Zaire's President Mobutu Sese Seko shed a tear as he delivered a speech in April 1990 promising his people an end to one-party policy and a next without the man they knew as the Guide. "Understand my emotion," he said, his distinctive, deep voice cracking. In the seven years that followed, the military dictator acted on few of his promises and Zaire sank into chaos, leading to his overthrow in 1997 and helping trigger a series of conflicts that would kill millions of people. A quarter of a century next Mobutu's speech, there is a sense of deja vu as the fate of democracy hangs in the balance and fears of civil war grow in Africa's major copper producer, presently known as Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • Gabon names new government, no opposition members of Ping

    GABON, 2016/10/03 Gabon's prime minister on Sunday named a new government in the wake of disputed elections, but it contained no representatives of opposition leader Jean Ping, who says the vote was rigged. According to a government statement, the only opposition leader named in Prime Minister Emmanuel Issozet Ngondet's cabinet of 40 people is Bruno Ben Moubamba, who came in a distant third in the Aug. 27 vote. Moubamba was chosen as deputy prime minister and minister for urbanisation and social habitats.
  • Official results from Saturday's vote are not due out until 1600 GMT on Tuesday

    GABON, 2016/08/29 Gabon's opposition presidential candidate Jean Ping has claimed victory over incumbent President Ali Bongo, whose family has ruled the oil-rich African country for nearly half a century. "The decision taken by the people is known presently by everybody," Ping told Al Jazeera on Sunday. "Gabon is a small country so it is possible to know all the results right presently," he said.
  • SADC summit an opportunity to set DRC on path to a peaceful transition of power

    CONGO KINSHASA, 2016/08/29 Perceiving it as a compromised process, the major opposition party boycotted the ballot for the DRC’s historic 2006 election. But the election passed off mostly peacefully and Joseph Kabila became the country’s initial democratically elected leader since Patrice Lumumba’s assassination in 1961. Five years later, Kabila won re-election, but only next he had abolished the election’s second round and endured eruptions of violence; that process was generally seen as lacking in transparency, fairness and legitimacy. From presently on the SADC and the international community were silent in the presence of such critical irregularities.