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Angolan elections may be delayed by President's constitutional reference

[JURIST] Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos [BBC profile] has asked the Angolan Supreme Court to rule on whether portions of the country's new election laws passed in May are constitutional [Angolan Constitution text]. Dos Santos has not yet specified which section of the law, which his own government promulgated, may be problematic. The request has raised concerns that the country's first general election since 1992, which is scheduled for 2006, will be delayed. The opposition UNITA [Wikipedia profile] party says it doubts that the election would now proceed on time, although a spokesman insisted that the vote was "vital to normalising Angola" after 30 years of war and was necessary to hold governmental officials accountable. Reuters has more.

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