Angolan President and ruling party on track to win elections | National Policy

By FERNANDO LIMA – Associated Press

LUANDA, Angola (AP) — Angolan President Joao Lourenço looked set to win a second term and his MPLA party was poised to extend his 47-year rule over the country as final election votes were tallied on Friday .

With 97 percent of the ballots in Wednesday’s election counted, the ruling Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola party, known as the MPLA, won 51 percent of the vote. the voteaccording to the National Electoral Commission.

The long-standing opposition Union for the Total Independence of Angola, known as UNITA, won 44% of the vote. Small parties won the remaining votes.

Turnout was low, with only 45.7% of registered voters casting their ballots.

The ruling party was poised to have a smaller majority in the Central African country’s legislature with 124 of the 220 seats in the National Assembly. UNITA was likely to increase its presence in the Legislative Assembly to 90 representatives.

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Joseph K. Bennett