PRELIMINARY results show that Angola?s ruling party has won 75 per cent of the national vote, assuring President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, in power for 33 years, another five years in office.
With 60 per cent of the vote counted, the state election commission said the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, or MPLA, has gained a large majority, but it is a reduced margin from previous elections in 2008.
The largest opposition party, UNITA, won 18 per cent of the vote and a newcomer party, CASA-CE, gained four per cent. The opposition parties said the elections were not free and fair.
Elias Isaac, an observer for the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa, criticised the process, saying he was surprised the MPLA did not get 90 per cent of the vote.
Source : AP