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Angola invites AU to monitor parliamentary elections
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20:28, July 22, 2008

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Angola's National Electoral Commission (CNE) has invited the African Union (AU) to send observers to oversee the scheduled September 5 parliamentary elections, Angola's official news agency ANGOP reported on Tuesday.

On behalf of CNE Chairman Caetano de Sousa, the invitation letter was handed over last weekend to the AU Commission Chairman Jean Ping by Angolan Ambassador to Ethiopia Manuel Domingos Augusto in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The Angolan ambassador was quoted as saying that the AU has already manifested its availability to send observers to Angola for the legislative elections.

The Angolan senior diplomat said the presence of AU observers shows transparency and good governance in the electoral process, the second one after Angola's independence in 1975.

The first parliamentary elections in Angola were held in 1992, but due to the resumption of the civil war there have not yet been the second polls.


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