Angola governing party wins parliamentary election

Posted in Africa | 09-Sep-08 | Source: International Herald Tribune

A poster of the leader of MPLA (Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) Jose Eduardo dos Santos and ruling President of Angola is seen on a campaing billboard in downtown Luanda.

Angola's governing party took an insurmountable lead in a parliamentary election on Monday and is on track to extend its 33-year rule, despite opposition protests that the election was badly flawed.

With nearly 80 percent of the votes counted, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, the governing party known as the MPLA, had won about 82 percent of the votes.

A little more than 10 percent of the votes went to the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, or Unita, a former rebel group that is the largest opposition party.

Monitors from the European Union said there had been no intimidation or violence during the voting, but that it had been marred by disorganization.