Sunday, September 07, 2008

MPLA Takes Lead in Angolan Elections

Angola's MPLA lead with nearly half of votes counted

LUANDA (AFP) - - Angola's ruling leftwing MPLA party held a big lead with 81.65 percent of votes Sunday after almost half of the ballot papers had been counted in the country's chaotic landmark vote, the electoral commission announced.

With 49.78 percent of the votes processed, the main opposition party UNITA (Union for the Total Independence of Angola) trailed with 10.59 percent of the votes, Adao de Almeida, a spokesman for Angola's CNE electoral commission told AFP at 10 am local time (0900 GMT).

The MPLA (Popular Movement of the Liberation of Angola) of President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos , which has been in power for more than 30 years, predicted a sweeping victory after polls closed late Saturday, despite opposition attempts to have the result cancelled.

"We are going to win big time," MPLA spokesman Rui Falcao said. "The victory is not in question, only whether we get the numbers required."

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