n African Security Review - Angola's legislative elections : time to deliver on peace dividends : Africa watch
|Article Title||Angola's legislative elections : time to deliver on peace dividends : Africa watch|
|© Publisher:||UNISA Press|
|Journal||African Security Review|
|Author||Paula Cristina Roque|
|Publication Date||Dec 2008|
|Pages||80 - 83|
The first post-war elections in Angola, held on 5 September, saw the MPLA (Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) ruling party consolidate its power by winning an overwhelming 82% of the vote against UNITA (União Nacional para a Independência Total de Angola, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), PRS (Partido de Renovação Social or Social Renewal Party) and FNLA (Frente Nacional de Libertação de Angola or National Front for the Liberation of Angola). Millions of Angolans peacefully voted for new parliamentary representatives and a new cycle of political participation in a country ravaged by decades of destructive and merciless civil war. Through a carefully designed campaign of intimidation and propaganda that reinforced an existing culture of fear, through the manipulation of the media, the co-opting of traditional authorities and political opponents, the MPLA reduced the opposition to a residual political force. The National Assembly will be dominated by the ruling party, which secured 191 seats out of 220, UNITA managed a mere 16 seats (down from 70), the PRS increased its representation by 2 to 8 seats, the coalition Nova Democracia managed 2 and the FNLA will only have 1 representative.
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