Angola’s ruling MPLA won this week’s election, a poll official announced Thursday, with party candidate Joao Lourenco now set to succeed President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos who has ruled for 38 years.
An election commission official in Luanda said the People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) had won just over 64 percent of the ballot.
The partial results from Wednesday’s vote account for two-thirds of all polling stations, with the MPLA building an unassailable lead over its rivals.
The party, which has ruled since Angola’s hard-fought independence from Portugal in 1975, had predicted an easy victory, but the outcome indicated a fall in its support since the previous election in 2012.
Dos Santos, a secretive and much-criticised leader who announced his retirement earlier 2017, handpicked veteran party loyalist Lourenco, 63, as his successor.
Lourenco, until recently defence minister, has vowed to boost foreign investment and said he wants to be recognized as a leader who brought an "economic miracle" to the southern African country.
He is expected to formally assume power in September.
The two main opposition parties, Unita and Casa-CE, immediately alleged that the vote count was flawed.