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Angola’s ruling party leads, with most votes counted

LUANDA – Most votes in Angola’s parliamentary elections have been counted and provisional results show that the ruling MPLA party is ahead with a 52% majority, while the main opposition has 42%.

According to NAMIBIAN.COM.NA, The election commission said on Thursday that 86% of ballots had so far been counted, which suggested that former Marxist People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was likely to extend its near five-decade hold to power — giving president Joao Lourenço a second five-year term. Lourenco has led the since 2017.

The National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (Unita), the opposition party led by Adalberto Costa Junior, did not immediately respond. Unita dismissed the first provisional results announced by the commission earlier on Thursday as unreliable.

Since independence from Portugal in 1975, Angola has been run by the MPLA.

Political analysts believed Unita had its best-ever chance of victory yet as millions of youth left out of Angola’s oil-fuelled booms were likely to express frustration with nearly five decades of MPLA rule.

Abel Chivukuvuku, Unita’s vice-presidential candidate, dismissed the provisional results and said the party would publish its own based on a parallel vote count using the same data as the CNE.

“Tomorrow morning we will have clearer and more concrete indicators and whoever wants to celebrate will … I hope it’s us,” Chivukuvuku told a news conference.

The election was widely seen as the country’s most competitive in decades.

An Afrobarometer survey in May showed Unita increasing its share to 22 percent, from 13 percent in 2019.

Angola is Africa’s second-biggest oil producer, but as with many developing nations sitting on oil wealth, decades of pumping billions of barrels of crude has done little for most except jack up the cost of living.

SOURCE: NAMIBIAN.COM.NA

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