Angola's Joao Lourenco of ruling MPLA wins election with 61% of vote - electoral commission

Angola’s ruling MPLA party has won a general election by taking 61.07 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said on Wednesday.

The results mean João Lourenço of the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) will be the next president of Angola, replacing Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who has governed the country for the past 38 years.

The main opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) took 26.67 percent, with the smaller opposition party CASA-CE winning 9.44 percent.

“Mission accomplished,” Lourenço told supporters at his party’s headquarters in Luanda.

“We’ll produce a better future for the country and the people of Angola,” he said in his first comments as president-elect. He is expected to take office on Sept. 21.


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