December 27, 2007

Election set for September 2008

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos has announced that the delayed parliamentary elections should take place on September 5-6 2008. An estimated eight million Angolans are expected to vote in the election. The country has not held a national poll since the 1992 presidential race was aborted after the first round, leading to the resumption of a civil war that ended in 2002. "The will of the Angolan people must express itself with truth and without limitations on September 5-6, 2008 in the legislative elections," the President said in an end-of-year address to the nation. Dos Santos' government has delayed the polls several times, citing the poor condition of roads and other infrastructure as reasons. (Angola Press Agency, Luanda)

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