Angolan President wants Gbagbo in office till new elections

Luanda, Angola (PANA) - Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos has urged that the outgoing President of Cote d'Ivoire, Laurent Gbagbo, be allowed to remain in office until a new election is held as stipulated by the electoral laws of the country.

Dos Santos said during his address to diplomats at the New Year get-together Thursday in Luanda, that, it was "difficult for Angola to accept that there is a president-elect in Cote d'Ivoire," pointing out that "there is a constitutional President, who is the current President of the Republic, who must be maintained in office until the organization of new a election, as established by the electoral laws of this country."

He affirmed that the president of the Independent Electoral Commission (CEI) had announced the results of the second round of the presidential election of 28 November – proclaiming Alassane Ouattara winner – while he was not competent to do so, especially as the deadline defined for that purpose had lapsed and the transcript was in the hands of the Constitutional Council – which declared Laurent Gbagbo winner.

The Angolan President underscored that the UN representative in Cote d'Ivoire, Young Choi, rushed to certify and announce these results, while the relevant UN resolution indicated that the certification must be done on electoral results validated by the Constitutional Council, which had not yet made any declaration.

"This declaration of the UN representative misled the international community, because the Constitutional Council did not validate the provisional results published by the president of the electoral commission because it had accepted the claims and complaints about some serious irregularities and fraud that question the results," Dos Santos said.

According to him, the Constitutional Council is the only organ that has the legal competence of validating and publishing the final results of the elections and, according to the law, this judicial organ should recommend the organisation of new elections within 45 days but it did not and published the results that gave victory to Gbagbo.

However, the Angolan President declared that "the greatest difficulty today is that the 45 days are no longer sufficient to create a favourable atmosphere and the current crisis has complicated matters."

14 january 2011 14:16:52

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