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Angola Court Rejects Opposition Complaint Over Aug. 31 Election

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Angola’s constitutional court rejected a complaint from the main opposition party over the Aug. 31 election that re-elected the incumbent party.

The court said the opposition group’s claim had no impact on the final result of the election, in which the governing Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party won 175 of 220 seats and the right to extend President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’s 33-year rule by five years. The ruling was disclosed in a statement on the court’s website.

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola argued that the group should have more than the 32 parliamentary seats it won because of improper voter registration and lack of poll monitors. The opposition party was formerly a rebel group that laid down its arms in 2002 after a 27-year war.

The Aug. 31 vote also allows the MPLA to install Manuel Vicente, former head of the state-oil company Sonangol, as vice-president. The court dismissed claims by two other parties yesterday.

Angola pumps about 1.8 million barrels a day, second to Nigeria on the continent, from offshore wells operated by Chevron Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp, Total SA and BP Plc.

To contact the reporters on this story: Candido Mendes in Luanda at cmendes6@bloomberg.net; Colin McClelland in Toronto at cmcclelland1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net

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