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Angola Extends Voter Registration for National Elections

Officials in Angola are giving voters an additional three months to register for long-awaited legislative and presidential elections.

The country's electoral commission voted unanimously Tuesday to extend the June 15 deadline by 90 days. A spokesman for the commission, Adao de Almeida, said obstacles, including heavy rains and poor road conditions, have slowed down the registration process.

He said the extension will not disrupt the electoral schedule.

About seven and a half million Angolans are expected to register for parliamentary elections that are set for 2008, and for the presidential vote the following year.

Angola's last elections were in 1992, during a lull in the country's long civil war.

The opposition UNITA party disputed those elections, sparking renewed fighting that extended the war until 2002.

The ruling Movement for Popular Liberation of Angola party has since delayed elections, citing logistical difficulties.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.