Angola: President secures second term in tense election

2022-08-30 08:34:42
Angola: President secures second term in tense election

Angola’s ruling party has won the legislative elections, giving a second term to the outgoing president, Joao Lourenco, according to official results announced Monday.

In the most hotly contested election in the country's history, the People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) won with 51.17 percent of the votes cast, compared with 43.95 percent for the leading opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), the National Electoral Commission said at a news conference.

UNITA leader Adalberto Costa Junior had earlier rejected the results, citing discrepancies between the commission's count and the main opposition coalition's own tally.

He did not immediately respond to the announcement of the final results.

The announcement came a day after the funeral of Angola's long-serving ex-ruler and MPLA stalwart, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who died in Spain in July, so security in the capital Luanda was tight

Fewer than half of Angola's registered voters turned out for Wednesday's election which, despite being the closest fought yet, extends the rule of the MPLA that has ruled since independence from Portugal in 1975 and defeated UNITA in a long civil war.

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