Next Wednesday (23rd), Angola’s voters will choose a new President, after a politician has occupied the post for 38 years.
Considering the importance of the electoral dispute, the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) sent a representative to participate as an observer in the electoral mission of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP), which both Brazil and Angola are part of. TSE’s representative is the Chief-counsellor of the Court’s Parliamentary Articulation Counsel, Izais Abreu that is already in Angola’s capital, Luanda, since the 16th and will stay there until the 25th to accompany the final phase of the electoral campaign and also the temporary result, beyond the voting on the 23rd.
“Angola was declared independent in 1975 and, since then, the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola has been in power and the current president has been in the post since 1979. Therefore, this year will be a party for democracy, because Angola will have five other parties that will dispute the case in 2017,” explained TSE’s representative when also remembering that Brazil was the first country to recognize Angola’s independency. For this reason, “accompaining this historic moment becomes even more significant.”
The five parties that will dispute the Angolan elections are: National Union of the Total Indepenence of Angola (UNITA); Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola (CASA); National Patriotic Alliance (APN); Social Renewal Party (PRS); and National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA).
Brazil’s ambassador in Angola, Paulino Franco de Carvalho Neto, also was part of the observers group and explained a little about the electoral system of the country. One of the rules sets forth that the party that obtains the greatest number of votes by the National Assembly must choose the President and Vice-president of the Republic, which will be the “heads of the list” from each party of the National Assembly.
“It is an important moment here in Angola, the transition, the change of Chief of State of the government after almost four decades,” the ambassador stressed.
The observers’ mission gathers members of many countries, favoring integration and political trust amongst the nations, beyond contributing for a democratic improvement of Merber States and for CPLP’s international visibility.