Angolan main opposition UNITA disputes provisional results

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-25 18:02:51|Editor: Yurou
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LUANDA, Aug. 25 (XINHUA) -- The Angolan main opposition party, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), has disputed the first provisional results released on Thursday by the National Electoral Commission (CNE) in the framework of the last Wednesday's elections.

This position was voiced out Friday in Luanda by the UNITA party agent, Jose Pedro Catchiungo, stating that CNE is wrong and the announced provisional results are false.

The preliminary results from the 2017 general elections give victory to the ruling People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), with 64.57 percent of the votes cast.

According to data released by NEC at mid-afternoon on Thursday, of the votes cast, MPLA has achieved 64.57 percent of votes, while UNITA occupied the second place with 24.4 percent.

The first provisional results indicate that the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola - Electoral Coalition (CASA-CE) comes in third position, with 8.56 percent of the valid votes. This political force also disputes the results released by CNE.

The Social Renewal Party (PRS) is at fourth place with 1.37 percent of the votes, the National Liberation Front of Angola (FNLA) with 0.95 percent and the National Patriotic Alliance (APN), with 0.52 percent.

These results are related to 16,692 (65.53 percent) scrutinized voting tables out of a total of the foreseen 25,474.

These provisional results indicate a 23.17 percent abstention.