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Wed, 23 May 2012 15:21 - Updated Wed, 23 May 2012 15:21

British government wants civic, fair polls in Angola


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London - The Chief of Protocol of British Foreign Affairs Ministry, Somin Martin said on Monday in London that his government expects smooth, fair, harmonious and passive elections in Angola, set for August 31 in 2012.

Somin Martin said that his country wants an election campaign where every citizen can freely choose the leaders, abiding, above all, by the law and the Constitution into force in Angola.

The official of British Foreign Affairs said so during the accreditation by Queen Elizabeth II of the new extraordinary and plenipotentiary ambassador of Angola to the UK and Northern Ireland, Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto.

Somin Martin, who is also vice marshal of the diplomatic body in London, said that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been following up the political situation in Angola.

According to him, the Queen Elizabeth II is monitoring the Angolan economic development and the steps taken toward the implementation of multiparty democracy and the leading role it plays for the pacification of the region.

The British senior official stressed that Angola is considered a key economic partner at the international level, taking into account its economic potential and natural resources.

He spoke of the current moment that Angola is experiencing in the context of economic and social development, having also highlighted the country's excellent and active role at the regional and international organisations. 

The British official also stressed the Angolan leadership at the institutions like Southern African Development Community (SADC ) and Community of the Portuguese Speaking Countries (CPLP), focussed on the commitment to addressing of regional and world issues.

Miguel Gaspar Fernandes Neto is taking over from the ambassador Ana Maria Teles Carreira, who holds the same post in Accra, Ghana.