Angola’s president and ruling party are declared the winners of the election


The Electoral Commission of Angola declares the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) party and President João Lourenço as the winners of last week’s election.

João Lourenço thus gets his second term as president.

At the same time, the MPLA will have been in power for more than 50 years when there are parliamentary elections in the African country again in five years.

The MPLA gets 124 seats out of the parliament’s 220 seats. It is the elected representatives who appoint the president, and thus Lourenco is guaranteed another five years in office

The British newspaper The Guardian writes that.

The 68-year-old João Lourenco is a former general. He came to power in 2017 as the MPLA’s replacement for José Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Angola with a heavy hand for 38 years.

The MPLA won 51.2 percent of the vote, according to the electoral commission. It is the party’s worst ever result. The MPLA has ruled the country since it became independent in 1975.

In the previous election in 2017, the MPLA also fell back on the 72 percent of the vote that the party obtained in 2012.

The largest opposition party, Unita, got just under 44 percent of the vote. This is the party’s best election result to date.

The final result largely corresponds to a preliminary result, which was published on Friday.

The leader of Unita, Adalberto Costa Júnior, said in this connection that the party would not recognize the result.

According to Costa Júnior, there were discrepancies between the election commission and Unita’s own counting of the votes. The Unita leader has not yet commented on Monday’s final result.


Source: Politiken.dk – Forsiden by politiken.dk.

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