The MPLA of President João Lourenço wins the elections in Angola

The Angolan electoral commission celebrates the "success" of the elections

Aug. 26 (EUROPA PRESS) –

The Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) of the president, João Lourenço, has won the general elections held this Wednesday with 51.7 percent of the votes, after counting 97.03 percent of the votes, according to the latest update from the National Electoral Commission (CNE).

The MPLA, which started as the favourite, has obtained nearly 3,163,000 votes, obtaining 124 seats out of the 220 that make up the National Assembly, which means the loss of twenty deputies compared to the previous legislature. Despite this, he has a sufficient majority to elect Lourenço as the new president for the next five years.

For its part, the main opposition party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), after obtaining 44.5 percent of the vote, has won 90 seats, almost 40 more than those achieved in the 2017 elections.

UNITA was the big winner in Luanda with 62.59 percent of the vote compared to 33 percent achieved by the MPLA, which attributed these results in the capital to the high abstention rate registered, around 54 percent.

Likewise, UNITA has announced this Thursday that it will accept the results of the elections and for this reason they have mobilized all their militants and voters “to avoid situations that disturb public order and tranquility.”

Although the following candidates have obtained residual results, all of them have improved their figures with respect to the previous elections. The Social Renewal Party (PRS) will maintain its two deputies in the Assembly, while the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) adds one more and the recently arrived Humanist Party of Angola (PHA) enters the Assembly with two seats .

The great loser of the elections has been the Broad Convergence for the Salvation of Angola (CASA-CE) coalition, which will not have representation in the Assembly, after having had 16 deputies in the previous legislature.

The National Patriotic Alliance (APN) and the National Party for Justice in Angola (P-NJANGO) will also not be represented in the revalidation of the mandate of President Lourenço, whose formation has monopolized the politics of the African country since it became independent from Portugal back in 1975.

The electoral and security authorities have coincided in pointing out that the election day has gone by without major shocks, highlighting the “civility” shown by the voters at all times.

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