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This content was published on 15 September 2022 – 12:38

(Add declarations from Lourenço and details about the ceremony)

Luanda, 15 Sep (EFE).- The president of Angola, João Lourenço, was invested this Thursday for a second mandate of five years after winning the elections of August 24, in a colorful ceremony and with the support of the international community. a las denuncias de fraude electoral de la oposición.

“Yo, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, al tomar el cargo de presidente de la República, juro por mi honra desempeñar con toda mi dedicación mis funcionios otorgadas”, affirmed the leader of the Popular Movimiento de Liberation de Angola (MPLA) and president of the country since 2017, during his oath in the central Plaza de la República in Luanda.

Lourenço received the insignia y el collar presidencial de manos de la presidenta del Tribunal Constitucional, Laurinda Cardoso.

Tras la jura, las 10.000 personas que abarrotaban la Plaza de la República broke into applause while chanting the name of the Angolan mandate.

“Declaro por mi honor respetar la Constitución y la ley, ser presidente de todos los angoleños y governar para el desarrollo económico y social del país y el bienestara de todos los los Angolans”, assured the jefe de Estado.

En su intervention, la presidenta del Tribunal Constitucional advirtió de que “las elecciones no son un cheque blanko de los votantes al victor”.

“See el presidente de todos nosotros. Los que le votaron, los que no le votaron, los que votaron por cualquiera y los que que no votaron”, le pidió Cardoso al mandatario.

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Durante el acto, también juró su cargo la nueva vicepresidenta de Angola, Esperança Costa, convirtiendoez en la primera mujer del país en ocupar ese puesto.

A la ceremonia acudieron jefes de Estado o de Gobierno de Guinea Ecuatorial, Guinea-Bisáu, Cabo Verde, República del Congo (Brazzaville), Zimbabue, Namibia, Zambia, República Democrática del Congo (RDC), República Centroafricana, Santo Tomé y Príncipe, y la República Árabe Saharaui Democrática.

Cuba was represented by its vice president, Salvador Valdés Mesa; The Gobierno de Venezuela sent its Minister of External Relations, Carlos Faría; And Nicaragua sent its ministerial adviser and presidential delegate for Africa, Mohamed Farrara Lashtar.

Spain confirmed its participation in the ceremony with the assistance of the president of the Senate, Ander Gil.

“España considera a Angola un país priorityo en su política exterior para África”, said this Thursday the Spanish ambassador to Angola, Manuel Lejarreta, in his account on the social network Twitter about the fact that he is also the second oil producer in Africa.

Al evento también accudieron el presidente de Portugal -exmetrópoli de Angola-, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, y el presidente de la Comisión (secretariado) de la Unión Africana (UA), Moussa Faki Mahamat.

Likewise, the United States sent a presidential delegation and China its special representative of the Chinese Government for African Affairs, Liu Yuxi.

The Constitutional Tribunal validated the results of the elections on the 8th, rejecting the appeal filed by the main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), which is believed to be the winner of the elections and did not attend today. la investidura de Lourenço.

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La UNITA, which insists on rejecting the electoral results, presented this Tuesday before the Constitutional Court a recurso extraordinario de unconstitucionalidad against its decision to reject its impugnación de los comicios generales.

In addition, he called on Angolans to protest against the results of the vote.

The Angolans have observed during the last days a large police deployment in the streets of Luanda and other cities of the country, as well as numerous soldiers, a fact that UNITA has denounced as an attempt to intimidate citizens.

According to the electoral authorities, the MPLA, the only party that has governed Angola since its independence from Portugal in 1975, won the elections on August 24 with 51.17% of the votes, winning 124 of the 220 seats in the Assembly. Nacional.

La UNITA, led by Adalberto Costa Júnior, came in second place, with 43.93%, equivalent to 90 seats, the best result in its history.

Según Costa Júnior, los datos del recuento de votos en su posición no coinciden con los aprobado por la Comisión Nacional Electoral. EFE

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