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Angola: New Electoral Law, New Focus of Tensions

In general, the new law has been seen as an artifice aimed at legalizing / enshrining fraudulent practices already surreptitiously applied in previous elections, especially those in 2017. The initiative was calculated as a way of “invoking the law” in the face of protest reactions to that such practices would give rise to in future elections.

The new law, passed in slang as the "fraud law", is known to give the MPLA, by itself and by its identification with the State, "considerable advantages" in key aspects of electoral processes such as the accreditation of delegates at polling stations (supervision), external observation and final tabulation.

According to updated intelligence data, the “unrest” that the authorities privately let to show in relation to the next elections, resides especially in the constitution of an opposition electoral front (AM 1309). READ MORE