Angolans Return Ruling MPLA to Power

Sept. 4, 2012, midnight

With 97 percent of votes counted, Angola's ruling Popular Liberation Movement (MPLA) and its President José Eduardo dos SANTOS are poised for a comfortable majority in the country's unicameral National Assembly. The MPLA emerged from elections on August 31 with more than 71 percent of votes. The opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) and a breakway Broad Salvation Coalition (CASA) polled about 18 and 6 percent, respectively. Constitutional changes in 2010 created a parliamentary system in which the Assembly elects the President, as well as a non-retroactive two-term limit. The National Electoral Commission (CNE) expects to finalize results this weekend.

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