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Runner-Up in Angolan Elections Rejects the Outcome of the Vote

  • Unita leader says vote count was marred by irregularities
  • Challenges electoral agency to create group to examine votes
Adalberto Costa Junior casts his ballot at a polling station in Luanda on Aug. 24. 

Adalberto Costa Junior casts his ballot at a polling station in Luanda on Aug. 24. 

Photographer: John Wessels/AFP/Getty Images

Angola’s main opposition party refused to concede victory to the ruling party in this week’s election, alleging the process was marred by counting irregularities.

Adalberto Costa Junior, the leader of the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola known as Unita, said the party’s own polling-station records showed “brutal” discrepancies between the mandates it received by the national electoral commission and those it should have been assigned. He spoke about Unita’s parallel system created to scrutinize the vote count in a press conference.