n African Security Review - Angola's legislative elections : time to deliver on peace dividends : Africa watch

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The first post-war elections in Angola, held on 5 September, saw the MPLA (, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) ruling party consolidate its power by winning an overwhelming 82% of the vote against UNITA (, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola), PRS ( or Social Renewal Party) and FNLA ( 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 managed 2 and the FNLA will only have 1 representative.


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