4.6 C
New York
Saturday, April 20, 2024

João Lourenço Re-elected President of Angola as Ruling Party Wins Tight Election


Share post:

Angolan President João Lourenço, has won a second term in office after being declared the winner of last week’s elections on Monday.

The official results of the National Electoral Commission showed that the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola, known by the acronym MPLA, obtained 51.17% of the votes.

The opposition National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, known by the acronym UNITA, ended up receiving only 43.95%.

João Lourenço

In a press conference, the head of the Commission, Manuel Pereira da Silva, said that the electoral body “proclaims João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço as President of the Republic”.

The vote was the tightest in Angola’s history since independence. In the past, elections were contentious matters that took weeks to count.

Also, read; Burna Boy Reportedly Charges $500,000 For International Events

Both political parties have a long history as battlefield opponents during a bitter 27-year civil war. This conflict ended in 2002.

Traditionally, the MPLA has controlled the electoral process and the state’s media, while the opposition and civil society have expressed concerns about the security of the polls.

The MPLA was traditionally associated with the Soviet Union and saw itself as a liberation movement. It has governed Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975.

Lawrence is a former general who was educated in the Soviet Union. At 68, he won his first term in 2017 with 61% of the vote.

João Lourenço Re-elected President of Angola as Ruling Party Wins Tight Election

Even before the vote count, opposition leader Adalberto Costa Junior asked for international support last week to verify the vote count.

In the last elections, support for the MPLA has steadily declined.

The late President José Eduardo dos Santos, who was buried on Sunday on his 80th birthday, was also a member of the MPLA.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

Related articles

Tragedy Strikes Kenya as Military Chief and Nine Others Perish in Helicopter Crash

In a devastating turn of events, Kenya's military chief, General Francis Omondi Ogolla, and nine other distinguished military...

Shaping Global Discourse: Africa’s 7 Most Influential Figures of 2024

In a world increasingly interconnected by technology and globalization, the voices and opinions of Africans are gaining recognition...

Meet The Tanzanian Woman Who Made Headlines for Marrying Three Men under One Roof

Nellie, a Tanzanian woman, has captured the attention of the world by marrying three men and living with...

International Donors Pledge Over 2 Billion Euros for Sudan Aid Amid Escalating Conflict

  International donors pledged more than 2 billion euros ($2.13 billion) in aid for war-torn Sudan at a conference...