Angola: Elections in Cabinda feed restlessness in Luanda
(AM Intelligence 609) Angolan authorities show growing concern regarding the 2012 elections in Cabinda, admitting that MPLA´s result could well be a negative one.
This concern is even feeding an internal discussions about cancelling the election in the territory, citing “compelling reasons” related to the absence of internal security. Lately, the authorities have recognized the occurrence of armed action in the territory, triggered by FLEC insurgents.
The main reason for the “unrest” in relation to the forthcoming elections, is the idea that the ability to resort to fraud will be smaller. The unpopularity of the regime is growing and a recent rally in Cabassango MPLA was suspended due to poor attendance.
The unpopularity of the regime in Cabinda, usually fueled by an environment of poor acceptance or rejection of its policies, has worsened in recent years, because of factors such as the action of the new Bishop Filomeno Vieira Dias, as well as the new provincial governor, Mawete João Baptista.
The collective feeling of the population is especially penalized by the governor´s actions, seen as responsible for a deterioration in living conditions in the territory, as well as for a comeback of outdated political methods. In October 18, he ordered a concentration of civil servants in a Sports Pavilion, in order to hear a speech by Jose Eduardo dosSantos.
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