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  • Joao Lourenza is expected to become the next president of Angola.

    Joao Lourenza is expected to become the next president of Angola. | Photo: EFE

The MPLA won 150 of the 220 parliamentary seat, an absolute majority, leading their presidential candidate to victory.

Angola's National Electoral Commission has upheld the final tally of the general elections held on Aug. 23, announcing that with 61 percent of the vote, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola has won the majority, making its presidential candidate, Joao Lourenzo the country's new president.

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The MPLA won 150 of the 220 parliamentary seat, an absolute majority, leading their presidential candidate to victory, with 4.1 million votes in the country's 18 provinces, more than 61 percent of the valid votes.

Trailing behind the MPLA was the country's second largest political party, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, with only 1.8 million votes, or 26 percent. UNITA has called for a recount of the vote.

During a plenary, the CNE defined five points for the consolidation of the final results. The first point establishes the final publication of the votes with a deadline set for Wednesday.

The next step will take place the following day when a copy of the final ballot count will be sent to the current President of the Republic and President of the Constitutional Court, the highest officials to address electoral matters.

The third step is the delivery of the final ballot count to all presidential candidates, setting a deadline of Sept. 17 for the publication of the official electoral results in the Republic Journal for public knowledge as the fourth step.

And lastly, the inauguration of the new president and vice-president will be set 15 days after the publication of the election results.

The leftist MPLA led the struggle for independence from Portugal from 1961 to 1974. Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who led the liberation movement, will be stepping down as president.

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