Angola’s ruling party People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has won a general election by taking 61.07 percent of the vote, the electoral commission announced on Wednesday.
The result means João Lourenço will be the next president for the sub-Saharan Africa’s third-largest economy, Angola (Oil-rich) after the country’s longest serving President Jose Eduardo dos Santos decided to step-down after 38-years in power.
Jose Eduardo dos Santos will steps down from the Presidential post after 38 years at the helm but will continue as head of the ruling party MPLA.
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.
Electoral observers have said the vote on August 23 was reasonably free and fair but the opposition party has complained about the electoral process to be non-transparent and illegal…
Lourenço has promised to kick-start the economy and has not ruled out deals with the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to help restructure it.
MPLA will have 150 lawmakers, giving them the two-thirds parliamentary majority needed to pass any form of legislation.