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[LIVE] Angola polls final result: ruling MPLA wins by 61%

[LIVE] Angola polls final result: ruling MPLA wins by 61%

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<p>Angola’s elections body on September 6 released final results of the August 23 polls. The ruling <span class="caps">MPLA</span> won by 61% picking 150 seats in the 220 seater parliament. </p> <p>Former Defense Minister, Joao Lourenco, was also declared president-elect. He takes over from long serving Jose Eduardo dos Santos – who served as president for 38 years.</p> <p>The polls were largely said to have been held smoothly and without incident across the country. The <span class="caps">CNE</span> has previously described the vote as one that met international standards.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Angolan Election Commission has confirmed the victory of the ruling <span class="caps">MPLA</span> & the its presidential candidate, João Lourenço w/ 61,07% of votes. <a href="https://t.co/4bmDwUIxiq">pic.twitter.com/4bmDwUIxiq</a></p>— Zenaida Machado (@zenaidamz) <a href="https://twitter.com/zenaidamz/status/905481999397388292">September 6, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Six parties took part in the polls all aiming to take over the seat of outgoing President Eduardo dos Santos. The political parties include the ruling <span class="caps">MPLA</span> led by Joao Lourenco, main opposition <span class="caps">UNITA</span> led by Isaias Samakuva, <span class="caps">CASA</span>-CE, <span class="caps">FNLA</span>, <span class="caps">PRS</span>, <span class="caps">APN</span>. </p> <h3><a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/08/21/angola-picks-dos-santos-successor-here-are-the-six-contenders/" target="_blank">Angola votes: Here are the six men hoping to succeed dos Santos</a></h3> <h3> <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2016/12/03/africa-s-longest-serving-presidents-still-going-strong/" target="_blank">Africa’s longest serving presidents still going strong</a></h3> <h3> <a href="http://www.africanews.com/2017/08/22/angola-votes-background-to-4th-polls-since-multi-party-rule-in-1992/" target="_blank">Angola votes: Background to 4th polls since multi-party rule in 1992</a></h3> <h3> Follow our <span class="caps">LIVE</span> coverage of the entire process in the stream below. </h3> <iframe src="//embed.scribblelive.com/Embed/v7.aspx?Id=2649200&ThemeId=19714" width="100%" height="1200" frameborder="0"></iframe> <a href="http://www.africanews.com/tag/africa-elections/" target="_blank">Click here for all the election news on our Africa Elections page</a>
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