Statement by Acting Deputy Spokesperson Ventrell on the Angolan Election

Washington, D.C.

We commend the Angolan people for their participation in Angola’s August 31 general election, and applaud Angolan political parties for their civic engagement and constructive dialogue on Angola’s future. The United States also congratulates the Angolan National Electoral Commission for coordinating a peaceful and well-managed election. Nevertheless, Angolan civil society and opposition parties raised important concerns about unequal access to the media, problems with voter rolls, and lack of timely accreditation of domestic, international, and political party election observers. We urge the Angolan authorities to investigate and address promptly all electoral complaints, while working to augment political rights and civil liberties.

Angola’s 2012 election marked an important step toward strengthening Angolan democratic institutions. The United States looks forward to working with the Angolan government, all political parties represented in Angola’s National Assembly, local civil society organizations, and the Angolan people to further advance our shared interests in democracy, human rights, security, development, and economic growth.

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