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  • Angolan Elections: MPLA announced as the winner. Opposition parties and activists call foul play

    By Robyn | August 30, 2017

    The CNE (Electoral Commission) in Angola announced that the ruling MPLA party took 61.1% of the vote and the main opposition party UNITA secured 26.7% in the election which took place on 23 August. The MPLA was initially reported to have secured 64.4% to UNITA’s 24.04% of the vote share but this was revised in a later statement. The revised figures are unlikely to change, however the definitive numbers may not be announced until the 6th September.

    The MPLA seems to have secured a relatively comfortable victory although their share of the vote dropped 10%. UNITA has increased its share of parliamentary seats from 32 to 51. In Luanda province the combined support for UNITA and the other main opposition party CASA-CE was 50%.

    There has been some questioning of the CNE conduct due to the fact they have not given detailed explanations as to how these provisional results were tallied. Some critics have called foul play suggesting  it would have been impossible to have tallied votes of Angola’s eighteen provinces beyond polling stations at the time when the initial announcement of an almost 65% majority for the MPLA was declared (later modified to the 61.1%).

    UNITA also claim to have collected notably different results from their own tallies at voting stations to those announced by the Electoral Commission and MPLA. Deputy party leader Rafael Massanga Savimbi  has stated they do not accept the result and have demanded the CNE explain to the Angolan public ‘what it did wrong and why it did it’. UNITA have announced they will release their full results in the coming days, although parallel counts for four of Angola’s eighteen provinces, Huambo, Bie, Cabinda and Luanda, already released by the group have shown UNITA doing better than commission results suggested.

    There have been allegations of misconduct regarding the run-up to the elections, with criticism from national and international rights activists, as well as opposition parties UNITA and CASA-CE. All  critics suggest voter manipulation through depriving opposition groups access to the media. In the run-up to the elections Human Rights Watch claimed the environment was ‘marred by severe restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly’.   Maka Angola has also criticised the international community and media for its role, claiming they had ‘concluded before a single vote was cast, that the MPLA would win comfortably’.

    Yet despite widely published criticisms of the election, CNE,and Southern African Development Community (SADC) Mission have declared the elections free and fair. International observers have reported the atmosphere in the nation’s capital, Luanda, to be relatively calm. Official results will be published by the 6th September.

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    Angola Monitor: Oil price crash, yellow fever outbreak and much more

    By ACTSA | October 20, 2016

    The Angola Monitor is our quarterly look at the politics, economics, development and human rights issues in Angola. Each issue is produced in English and Read the rest of this entry »

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    Southern African Development Community’s governance in tatters as Swazi King elected chair

    By ACTSA | August 26, 2016

    Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) argues that, by allowing Swaziland to be its new Chair, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) has severely harmed its credibility.

    SADC will hold its 36th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: King accused of wasting money as a third of Swazis go hungry

    By ACTSA | July 28, 2016

    The next SADC summit takes place in Swaziland in August – at great cost to the Swazi taxpayer. The money would be better spent Read the rest of this entry »

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    An interview with Mario Masuku , ‘the struggle goes on’

    By Fiona | August 3, 2015

    Greg Nicolson of South Africa’s the Daily Maverick has carried out this interview with Mario Masuku, leader of the banned political party Pudemo.

    The interview covers Mario’s time in prison, what is next for the pro-democracy movement and the role of other countries in the southern African region in supporting Swaziland’s struggle

     

     

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    Zimbabwe Update Issue 1/15

    By Mark | January 9, 2015

    This edition of the Zimbabwe Update focuses on the ongoing struggle for the leadership of Zanu PF, the merger of two of the three MDC parties, and the release of the 2002 Khampepe Report in South Africa, concluding that the elections cannot be considered free and fair. It also covers the resumption of EU government to government aid, the latest UK trade delegation to Zimbabwe, the establishment of the Zimbabwe Reconstruction Fund, the abduction and beatings of human rights activists and protestors, the bulldozing of hundreds of homes near Harare and heavy rains cause flooding in many areas. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 3/2014

    By Mark | August 7, 2014

    Zimbabwe one year on

    This special edition of the Zimbabwe Update, a year after the 2013 elections, focuses on Zanu PF being seen as ‘the only game in town’, the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace’s report on the 2013 elections, and who will succeed Robert Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF? It also looks at division in the MDC, the US Africa Summit, Mugabe’s promotion to chair of SADC, EU and UK relations with Zimbabwe, fears of another recession and uncertainty in Read the rest of this entry »

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    O Monitor de Angola No 3, 2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:
    Política: Ressurgem disputas por fronteiras marítimas entre Angola e a República Democrática do Congo; resultados preliminares do censo são esperados para setembro; premiê chinês visita Angola; presidente empossa novo ministro da Defesa; Brasil: visita presidencial reforça laços econômicos e políticos; Angola e Cuba assinam tratado de cooperação; Interesses britânicos são ampliados em Angola, e as prioridades para a cooperação internacional.
    Economia: Luanda foi classificada como a cidade mais cara; crise dos bancos portugueses poderá afetar Angola; empréstimo cedido para renovação do setor energético; demanda por dólares permanece alta; apesar de proibição, importação de cimento continua alta; novos investimentos na indústria têxtil deverão criar empregos.
    Direitos humanos: Cidadãos da RDC são acusados de incitação à guerra; polícia agride e prende vinte manifestantes.
    Ajuda e desenvolvimento: Retirada de minas terrestres permite retorno de cinco mil pessoas; risco de seca reduzido em algumas áreas.

    Esta edição também está disponível em inglês. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor Issue 3.2014

    By Mark | July 25, 2014

    The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

    This issue covers:
    Political News: DRC Angola maritime border dispute resurfaces; Preliminary census results expected in September; Chinese Premier visits Angola; President appoints new defence minister; Brazil: Presidential visit strengthens political and economic ties; Angola and Cuba sign agreement of cooperation; Building British interests in Angola and Priorities for International Cooperation.
    Economic News: Luanda rated as the most expensive city; Portuguese banking crisis could affect Angola; Loan agreed for energy sector overhaul; Demand for dollars remains strong; Cement imports remain high despite ban and new investment in textile industry should produce jobs.
    Human Rights News: DRC Nationals charged with provocation of war and Police beat and detain 20 protestors.
    Aid and Development News: Mine clearance makes way for return of 5,000 people and Drought risk reduced in some areas.

    This issue is also available in Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »

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    O Monitor de Angola: No 2, 2014

    By Mark | May 30, 2014

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:

    Política: Primeiro censo em 44 anos; presidente acusa MPLA por ineficiência; visita do presidente congolês; oposição demanda eleições locais; cresce tensão entre MPLA e UNITA; aquecimento das relações franco-angolanas; Angola e Estados Unidos se comprometem a aumentar o comércio bilateral.

    Economia: Nova tarifa alfandegária para a importação de bens; a classificação de crédito de Angola é rebaixada; rodada de propostas para leilão de petróleo onshore é anunciada; De Beers planeja nova concessão para exploração de diamantes; FMI faz apelo por maior transparência financeira.

    Direitos humanos: Anistia Internacional critica falta de avanço na área de direitos humanos; Angola recebe a Comissão Africana dos Direitos Humanos e dos Povos; radialista é condenado por difamação.

    Assistência e desenvolvimento: Possibilidade de piora da situação de segurança alimentar em Benguela e Kwanza-Sul; Banco Africano de Desenvolvimento concede empréstimo ao setor elétrico; novo ponto de passagem na fronteira com a Namíbia é planejado.

    Esta edição também está disponível em inglês. Read the rest of this entry »

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