Doubts Angola elections will be transparent

Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Angola President Jose Eduardo dos Santos

From PEDRO AGOSTO in Luanda, Angola
LUANDA, (CAJ News) – OPPOSITION parties and rights groups in Angola have expressed doubts the country will hold credible elections next month as long-time leader, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, relinquishes power.
The main opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, led by Isaías Samakuva (aged 71), alleged a plot by the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola to rig the outcome by recruiting some unnamed companies that allegedly manipulated elections in 2008 and 2012.
“We want transparency and free and fair elections,” said the presidential hopeful.
The party has held protests in the capital Angola ahead of the poll.
Defence minister Joao Lourenco (63) will represent the ruling party after Jose Eduardo dos Santos (aged 74), in power since 1979, for years after independence from Portugal, said he would not be available for re-election.
Dos Santos is the continent’s third longest-serving president after Paul Biya (Cameroon) and Teodoro Nguema Mbasogo (Equatorial Guinea).
Preparations for the polls in Southern Africa’s biggest country by size have been marred by allegations of violence against the opposition and muzzling of the media.
Human Rights Watch said police used unnecessary and excessive force against peaceful demonstrators.
Lourenco however assured the mineral and oil-rich country would stage credible elections.
Some 6 million Angolans are set to vote out of a total population of 25 million.

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