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Angola’s ruling MPLA wins parliamentary election, commission says

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Angola’s ruling MPLA party has won the country’s parliamentary election, provisional results suggest.


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The party received 61% of votes cast during Wednesday’s ballot, the Angolan electoral commission said on Friday.

The opposition Unita party, which received 27%, disputes the commission’s count.

João Lourenço will take up the presidency, after an election marking the end of nearly four decades in power for President José Eduardo Dos Santos.


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The electoral commission says 98% of the country’s votes have been counted.

However, voting in the election does not end until Saturday due to delays in getting the ballot papers to more than a dozen polling stations in remote areas.

But with the MPLA taking such a commanding lead, the outstanding ballots will not change the outcome.



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Angola’s Casa-CE alliance party gained nearly 10% of the vote.

Mr Lourenço, the former defence minister, has been anointed as the successor to Mr Dos Santos.

However Mr Dos Santos, whose 38-year reign makes him the world’s second-longest serving president, will remain in control of the party.

His children also still hold several key positions of authority.