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ANGOLA: The ruling party won.

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The ruling party, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), won the general elections held on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

The National Electoral Commission (CNE) announced on Thursday (August 24th) that the party had won the general elections with more than 64 per cent of the vote.

The MPLA Unita (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) and Casa-CE, the two major challenger respectively gained 24.04% and 8.56% of the votes cast.

The MPLA in power since independence snatched by Angola in Portugal in 1975, namely for four decades, will allow its candidate Joao Lourenço to succeed President Jose Eduardo dos Santos at the head of the country. It should be noted that the latter decided to leave power after an undivided reign of thirty-eight years.

Thanks to this highly contested ballot, the MPLA thus retains, without surprise, an absolute majority of the 220 seats in the Angolan Parliament.