Angola awaits election results amid opposition complaints

2017-08-24 13:00
Polling station officials show ballot papers during the counting of the ballots at the end of the general election vote in Luanda. (AFP)

Polling station officials show ballot papers during the counting of the ballots at the end of the general election vote in Luanda. (AFP)

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Johannesburg - Angolans are awaiting the results of an election in which the defence minister is the front-runner to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who will quit after 38 years in power.

While election officials say Wednesday's vote went smoothly despite minor problems, the main opposition UNITA party alleges that police fired shots and made arrests near some polling stations as people voted in Huambo city.

The Portuguese news agency Lusa quotes a UNITA official, Liberty Chiaka, as saying police dispersed crowds because they didn't want people to wait to find out results at the polling stations.

In the 2012 election, UNITA lost to the ruling MPLA party, which denied allegations of voting irregularities.

Dos Santos' chosen successor is Joao Lourenco, the defence minister and a former governor.

Read more on:    unita  |  mpla  |  jose eduardo dos santos  |  angola  |  southern africa
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