Angola’s ruling party, People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) has won the general election after garnering 51.17% of votes, according to results announced on Monday by the country’s National Electoral Commission.
The victory gives the incumbent Mr. João Lourenço a second term in office, amid widespread concerns of probable election fraud.
According to the Electoral Commission, the opposition coalition led by MPLA’s historic rival, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), came second with 43.95% of the votes.
The Unita-FPU (United Patriotic Front) coalition included independent candidates from other opposition parties and formations.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa took the opportunity to congratulate Lourenço and the people of Angola on his re-election.
“I am looking forward to working with President João Lourenço to strengthen the strong and cordial bilateral relations between our two countries as well as in matters of mutual interest in the African continent and our region, the Southern African Development Community (SADC),” he said.