The European Union announced on Friday (July 28th) that its observers will not go to the next Angolan elections. In question, the impossibility of reaching an agreement with the local authorities on their mission.
Without an agreement with Luanda, the European Union has announced that it will not send observers for the August presidential election in Angola. Instead of the initial team, the observer mission should consist of up to five members.
Indeed, as the EU said in a communiqué issued on Friday, July 28, the two sides failed to reach a satisfactory agreement. Among other things, the EU requested access to the entire national territory for a complete observation of the process. Local authorities have refused to meet European demands. Consequently, the EU has chosen to send a small team to the bare minimum. However, the latter can not provide detailed information on the conduct of the elections.
The Angolan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chicoty, has indicated that Angola will not allow itself to be dictated a course to be held. “No international organization has imposed the conditions for election observation. Only the EU, when invited to send observers, suggested signing a memorandum of understanding, “he said.
The presidential elections will take place on 23 August. President José Eduardo dos Santos will leave his place to his successor, after 38 years at the head of the country. However, he will remain president of the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA).
Source: Africapostnews.com / By Andréia Megneng