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September 11, 2008
Angola’s ruling party heads to victory

Angola’s MPLA Winning Big, UNITA Complaining Loud

Alex Belida has been in international broadcasting since 1971 and works for Voice of America. He writes about Africa in his blog.

Angola’s ruling party appears headed for a landslide victory as election officials count the votes from parliamentary elections on Friday and Saturday. With nearly three-fourths of the ballots counted (74.9 percent), the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, MPLA, has received more than 81 percent of the vote while the opposition Union for the Total Independence of Angola, UNITA, has about 10 percent. Correspondent Scott Bobb of the Voice of America reports from Luanda:

Voters in Angola have delivered a resounding endorsement to the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the MPLA, which has governed since independence.

The opposition Union for the Total Liberation of Angola, called UNITA, ran a distant second. UNITA leader Isaias Samakuva said his party had filed a protest with the Electoral Commission over what he said were numerous flaws.

He says as a result, the election results might not accurately reflect the will of the Angolan people. But he urged his supporters to remain calm and said his party remained committed to peace, democracy and reconstruction.

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