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EU to work more closely with Angola after free and fair elections
After a peaceful, fair and free election, stability and socio-economic development is next for Angola, the head of the EU mission to Angola has said.
The governmental elections were the first to be held in Angola since the 1992 polls that led to the country’s 10year civil war and its success has earned congratulatory messages from the European Union.
The people of Angola were commended for their enormous turnout during the country’s parliamentary elections on 5th September as they marked an important step for democracy.
It is said that the tranquillity that ensued during the election process has pleased the EU so much that they have promised to strengthen the ties of friendship and support between the European Union and Angola.
The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), which has governed the country since independence from Portugal in 1975, had nearly 82 per cent of the vote after three-quarters of ballots had been counted.
UNITA, the former guerrilla movement and largest opposition party, trailed with only 10.5 per cent of the vote, according to Angola?s electoral commission.
Regional and pan-African observers gave the polls a relatively clean bill of health.