Wednesday, August 02, 2017

Angola Accepts a Reduced EU Election Team
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02 AUGUST 2017

Angola says it will allow four experts from the European Union (EU) to monitor its election later this month, the AFP news agency reports.

"The EU will only send a small mission... We cannot really speak of observers, only experts. A real mission of observers is 200 people," a European diplomatic source told the AFP.

The agreement was reached after extended talks and comes two weeks after the Angolan government rejected outright any EU observer mission.

The initial dispute was over access to polling stations and other conditions.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has been in power for more than 37 years, has said he will step down after the vote takes place on August 23.

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