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Angola election: MPLA party set to remain in power

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Angola election: MPLA party set to remain in power


Jose Eduardo dos Santos looks set to continue ruling Angola after almost 33 years in power. With more than half the votes counted, dos Santos and his MPLA party have taken around 75 percent of the vote in the national election.

Dos Santos’s main rival Isiais Samakuva led his UNITA party to second place, achieving around 18 percent of the vote. Observers have described the election as peaceful, but opposition leaders maintain that the ballot lacked transparency and was rigged by the ruling party.

Angola, which is Africa’s second largest oil producer, has seen its economy boom since the end of a twenty seven year civil war a decade ago. However, opposition parties complain that the country’s wealth is concentrated in the hands of the ruling elite.

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