Angola’s constitutional court on Wednesday upheld the ruling party’s landslide win in last month’s election which will usher in the MPLA’s fourth decade in power and rejected opposition claims the poll was flawed. The ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola won 61.7 percent of the vote, and 150 of the 220 seats in parliament, the country’s electoral commission said in its final results. President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, 75, who has ruled since 1979 and is reportedly in poor health, will hand over to former defence minister Joao Lourenco at the presidential inauguration expected on September 21.
“Local vote counting was done in accordance with the law and planned processes,” the court said in its ruling.
Court president Rui Ferreira said the decision was binding and would not be open to appeal, adding that the poll was free, fair and transparent.
Four opposition parties had appealed the result.
Full Article: Angola Court Upholds Government Poll Win.